Pedagogical Shifts Inherent in the Learning Commons

This transition will develop differently in each school. It will need to be carefully directed and monitored. Success will depend on the contexts that are set and the commitment of the stakeholders. The process should be inclusive, well planned and measurable. Naturally, schools will experience varying levels of proficiency.

Together for Learning, p. 35 (OSLA 2010)

Explore the T4L vision for Learning to Learn, including practical ideas for implementation on pages 27-28 of the print document, or on the corresponding page in this website: Learning to Learn.

Information Seeking and Reporting ➥ Individual and Collective Knowledge Creation

Teacher Directed Learning Self and Participatory Learning
Ideas   Examples & Resources
  • Focus on creation of good questions that lead to good discussion (e.g., When is it okay to disobey? Is there ever a time that it's okay to lie?).
  • Use pedagogically sound teaching strategies that engage students in doing the thinking (e.g., four corners, think/pair/share).
  • Find a good hook that will engage students in the lesson.
  • Engage students in their own goal setting for assessment as learning.
  • Engage students in inquiry-based learning.

Classroom Learning Networked and Global Learning
Ideas   Examples & Resources
  • Use online collaborative tools to extend student work, connect learners within and outside the school, and to document individual participation in collaborative learning (e.g., Google Docs, Wikis, Blogs).
  • Leverage social networking tools for student learning (e.g., Facebook, Twitter).
  • Use real-time interactive technologies for synchronous learning between classrooms and schools, locally and internationally (e.g., Adobe Connect, Elluminate, Skype).
  • Be open to creating and growing your professional network contacts in order to expand and connect learning.

Standards Driven Exploring Big Ideas and Concepts
Ideas   Examples & Resources
  • Use real world applications to drive authentic learning.
  • Focus on overall expectations in the curriculum to connect to core concepts.
  • Display and refer to the big ideas to help students make connections and they move through the units.

Teaching Process and Active Learning
Ideas   Examples & Resources
  • See your self as a learner as much as a teacher.
  • Use assessment for learning to modify and adapt teaching approach. Tweak, adapt and rethink to meet the changing and differentiated needs of all learners and groups of learners.
  • Provide students with scaffolding that encourages them to critically question learning materials.
  • Regard everyone as a lifelong learner.

Individual Teacher Expertise Collaborative Learning Partnerships
Ideas   Examples & Resources
  • De-privatize practice by engaging in moderated assessment and teaching partnerships.
  • Create collaborative teams that leverage a broad spectrum of teaching expertise (e.g., classroom teachers, teacher-librarians, ISSP teachers, ESL teachers).
  • Include experts from outside the school in learning partnerships (e.g., central instructional leaders, community leaders, professional experts from the broader world).
  • Leverage technology to extend learning partnerships throughout the school and beyond.

  Use Leading Learning standard, Cultivating Effective Instructional Design to Co-Plan, Teach and Assess Learning (p. 15) to focus instruction on learning competencies.
  Use the Leading Learning standard, Fostering Literacies to Empower Lifelong Learners (p. 17) to prioritize instructional strategies.