taking responsibility for learning

taking responsibility for learning

In Mia Buljan’s 2nd grade classroom, students and teacher work continuously to establish a climate where all take responsibility for learning. It means giving students the opportunity to struggle with their thinking, which can be particularly challenging for adults who can see a clear pathway to the correct answer. See examples from throughout the school year on:

  • Establishing and Following Classroom Routines
  • Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement
  • Encouraging Perseverance
  • Reflecting on One’s Own Behavior as a Learner

These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Taking Responsibility for Learning, Mia Buljan, 2nd grade," one of 10 practice-focused guides on building classroom climates for mathematical learning.

The videos document key mathematical practices observed in teacher Mia Buljan's 2nd grade classroom over the course of a school year. In the guide (available as a PDF or an iBook download), you can explore extended narratives and questions for reflection around "taking responsibility for learning."

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Reflection: Mia on building students’ self-efficacy [Taking Responsibility for Learning]

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Day 2: Granting access to all learners’ ideas [Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement]

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Day 2: Coming to know students as learners [Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement]

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Day 3: Checking in with students’ thinking [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]

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Day 3: Calling student attention to the structure of the problem [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]

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Day 3: Building engagement with new tools and strategies [Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement]

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Day 14: Building procedures with students [Reflecting on One’s Own Behavior as a Learner]

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Day 110: Reinforcing norms of sharing and independence [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]

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Day 110: Considering choice, independence, and responsibility [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]

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Day 110: Helping students prove their understandings to themselves [Reflecting on One’s Own Behavior as a Learner]

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Day 158: Generating possible problems [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]

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Day 158: Students critique each other’s reasoning [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]

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Day 158: Matching our ideas to the problem [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]