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The learner takeover

After reading and contributing to the #edchat this evening. I tweeted this:

Challenge: Get your students to plan a lesson on something they want to learn about. Then deliver the lesson! You’ll learn something #edchat

This got me thinking… I’d love to see what students would come up with!! I have done this last year and have now done it a few times and the results were remarkable. I have no evidence though as I now realise that I should have blogged about it!!

Anyway, if you’re interested… i’d love to know more about the results. Here’s the plan:

Ask you pupils (whatever age) to plan a lesson about something that they want to know more about or something they want to teach other about.

* They have up to 40 minutes for the lesson
* They can use ANY resources they want to
* They must complete a plan for this lesson in ANY format they wish

Send the plan with any other information to: and I’ll update this blog with anything that comes my way. It will sure make some great reading!

October 11, 2011


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  1. Ian Simpson
    October 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    I really like this idea but do you show them example lesson plans first? You say they must complete a plan for the lesson – could you explain a bit more about what you mean?

  2. Oliver Quinlan
    October 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Sounds good… except for the bit when you deliver the lesson- couldn’t they do that too?

    • David Mitchell
      October 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

      They could but I think as a teacher you’d learn more delivering it yourself and implementing THEIR plan in the style that THEY want learning to take place.


  3. Jack Hodges
    October 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    I can understand Oliver’s point, but think that David has got this right. I think that if they set up the lesson, they would be engaged and eager to learn more, and can ask questions on areas they don’t understand or where they may want to to learn a bit more. If they took the lessons themselves, they may just read from an A4 sheet, of which is all inoformation that has been copied and pasted from the web.

  4. john parkin
    November 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm #


    I’ve done this with a Year 5/6 class planning lessons for Year 2 children. They worked in teams using the schools lesson planning formats and also observed with school observation criteria. The only stipulation was that the children had to learn something. Great experience for all, we used it for during KS1 SATS for half the class of Y2 when the rest were working and repeated. It was such a good experience for all we have repeated the experience. There was a bit of prep with the Y6 chilren in terms of how to use the formats but the children were given the lead roles and had to source resources etc.

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