Co-construction teaching strategies require a teacher to consistently allow students to be co-enquirers, raisers of questions, and evaluators of questions and answers. In a nutshell, students are given many opportunities during the day (aiming for more than 50% of the time) to discuss, share and build on one another's understanding of their ideas or questions in order to build a greater understanding. It's about the students discussing, learning and building their understanding together- it’s not the old model of teacher telling/lecturing ‘at’ students.
At Mapua, we have been exploring co-construction ideas and strategies in class. Simon and Heidi as our Within School teachers have been leading the way for staff to discuss, question and share ideas- about co-construction in a co-constructive way!
We have had some PD with Cognition, staff meetings and shared docs to help us build our understandings. We are finding it’s one of those things where the more you get into it, the more you realise there is to consider/understand/try. Staff and students alike are enjoying exploring this interactive and meaningful practice.
“It was really great to get together and discuss the varying approaches to co-construction and the different ways teachers approach it as a teaching strategy”. Pip Day Yr 7-8 Teacher Mapua School.
“We loved the practical activities being shared and discussed and found it helped us to further understand the concept of co-construction” Fiona Bibby-Smith New Entrant Teacher Mapua School
“We practiced co-construction as a staff team and then we shared our own co-construction teaching strategies” Amber Beech Year 3-4 Teacher Mapua School.