For a long time now I have used the term "learning activities" when referring to what teachers design and carry out as they go about their job of teaching. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about moving ownership of learning from the teacher to the student. The term "learning activities" implies something that the teacher provides in the hope that the students will learn as a result of the activities.
I am now thinking that we should refer to our creations as "learning opportunities". This terminology implies that the teacher provides access to learning and creates an optimal environment but that the student must seize those opportunities for learning to occur.
What do you do to insure that your students "own" their learning?
Note: this is duplicate of a posting I did on another NING social network called thinkteaching
. Connie suggested that readers here might be interested in this topic as well.