Students Take Ownership of Their Learning

Samantha Topps-Brown
Math teacher, North High School, Des Moines, Iowa

This work took everything that I knew about teaching, everything I’ve ever learned in teacher prep programs, and it really changed my perspective. I see a big shift from a lot of teacher responsibility and teacher ownership to student responsibility and student ownership. Now we have a classroom environment where students feel comfortable learning from each other, and my role is more of a coach or facilitator. I put the structures in place, but they’re doing the work.

Source: Toth, M.D., & Sousa, D.A. (2019). The power of student teams: Achieving social, emotional, and cognitive learning in every classroom through academic teaming (p. 92). West Palm Beach, FL: Learning Sciences International.