I was working with a teacher recently in a 7-10 school. He said he had changed the way he wrote in Canvas for the students and he felt this had had a big impact on the way the students interacted with the content. He had framed the content around "I" questions.
- What am I leaning?
- What am I doing?
- How will I show my understanding?
- What will I do next?
- What can I link my learning to?
- What do I need to know?
I think this way of presenting content to students has the potential to increase engagement through enabling them to understand what they are meant to be doing on a particular page (Learning intentions) and letting them know what is needed for success.
I have put together a unit of work and I found writing the content in "I" statements changed the focus of my writing from a general whole class style to a much more personal style - where I was using the voice of the individual student. It made me think much more about what I was writing!
"What am I doing?
I am watching this video and I am writing 5 main points about biodiversity"
Students will watch this video
Students will write 5 main points and answer the questions here
(This is what I see teachers new to Canvas writing)
What do others think about this approach? Is it a good idea? Will students be more engaged? Does it talk down to students?