4. Scribe Learning

Scribe blogs, where pupils take turns to post about the day’s lesson are powerful resources for increasing pupil involvement, ownership, reflection and deep learning.
Screenshot of scribe blog
Pre-Cal 30S (Fall ‘06): The Cartisan Plane?! (and other things!)

  • Pupils in rotation scribe details of lessons.
  • Reinforce learning.
  • Create reference for classmates (especially absentees).
  • Engage learners by encouraging them to take greater ownership of their learning.
  • Involve learners in reflecting on their own learning and the learning of their classmates.
  • Provide revision and review notes for the whole class to share.

Tip Darren Kuropatwa uses these instructions:

Write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was away sick, or missed class for any other reason, can catch up on what they missed. Over the course of the semester, the scribe posts will grow into the textbook for the course; written by students for students. Remember that as each of you write your scribe posts. Ask yourself: “Is this good enough for our textbook? Would a graphic or other example(s) help illustrate what we learned?” And remember, you have a global audience, impress them. 

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