What is the life cycle of student work in your class? Does it look like this?
When was the last time that a student ran into your class eager to go through a pile of student work? It is my fervant belief that important work does not end up in piles. If we want to increase the importance and validity of student work we need to extend it’s life cycle and allow individual learning to be shared, with the class, the school and the community.
There are any number of ways that this can be done. Where bulletin boards used to showcase classwork temporarily, now it is possible for classes to document their entire learning process over the course of the year and for teachers to save work from one year to the next.
Imagine the power of such archives to show growth and share the incredible work being done in a school. Imagine the message that it sends to your students to value their work in this way. Whether through blogs, social media websites or just through an LMS, the is great power in offering what your classwork to the world.
So what are you doing to Extend the Life Cycle of the work done in your classroom?