Open Pedagogy

Open pedagogy is an approach used to engage students in the subject material by having the teacher and students both collaboratively build and create the learning as the unit progresses. The belief one has when implementing open pedagogy in their classroom would be that they welcome openness and sharing to enhance learning. A teacher would also have to be passionate about social justice issues, meaning they would need to share multiple views on one issues, so students get a holistic view. I attached a video that explain open pedagogy in more detail. Open pedagogy is every content focused, as well as student contribution to that process. It is also important to make student work public, so that it can be showcased for others to learn from. This can be done in the form of blogs, posters, letters, it is imperative that the resources are ones they can access for years to come. Another helpful resource I found explaining open pedagogy is this website.

Since our focus on the water cycle is directed toward grade 2 students, it would be challenging in this scenario to design a unit with the involvement from students, as this is a mock unit. To use an open pedagogy approach for grade 2 students, it would need a lot of structure and scaffolding in order for students to understand expectations and take ownership of their learning. I believe that using the approach, open pedagogy, would be better suited for upper elementary and older. In relation to this project, I think another approach would be more beneficial, and better suited to get the learning across to the targeted grade 2 students in this case.


(2020). Retrieved 22 May 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m64acpneH8Y

Education?, W., & Pedagogy?, W. (2020). What is Open Pedagogy? – BCcampus OpenEd Resources. Retrieved 22 May 2020, from https://open.bccampus.ca/what-is-open-education/what-is-open-pedagogy/

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