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Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose in 8th Grade LA

I wanted to write about three keys to motivated learning that I observed in an LA Classroom today.  The idea of stressing student autonomy, purpose, and mastery in a classroom activity is best practice when it comes to student motivation.

The teacher presented the introduction to a research paper today in class.  Key components included:

Students sharing topic choices aloud their peers.

The teacher and students discussing the purpose for the assignment (research skills, use of resources, preparation for a future research assignment, etc.)

Students were presented with the idea of mastery-of a particular topic-during the 5 day investigation.

Particular things I have enjoyed:  

The student whip around featuring different topics.

Student discussion about topics.

The teacher previewing future use of current learning.

Nice Job Mrs. Brash!