LiD Topics & Introducing LiD to Your Class

“If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has, at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh

Hey again! After introducing my topic of LiD (Learning in Depth) last week, I would like to talk a little bit more about how to choose a LiD topic before discussing how to introduce this program,to your class. I would first like to preface by saying that LiD can be done with ANY grade level, it is a way of personalized learning and that is important for every grade. According to the LiD website http://ierg.ca/LID/how-we-can-help/topics/, some experience has shown that giving early primary students a topic randomly instead of allowing them to choose is beneficial. Then, as they get older, allowing them to choose off a list of approved LiD topics that meet the criteria and lastly, when they are in the higher grades, allowing them to choose a topic as long as it meets the criteria.
Criteria for Choosing  LiD Topics:
  • Students will have easily accessible resources on the topic (e.g library books)
  • The topic needs to deep enough that students are able to consistently learn new things and do not get bored of their topic
  • Keep the topic general enough that students can research a lot of things but not too general (e.g the topic of animals is way too vague, instead given them a specific type of animal like bears – there are many different types)
  • Keep the topics ethically appropriate to all students – their parents/guardians must be comfortable with the topic assigned to their child
  • Topic will provide all students with a rich and deep learning experience
Criteria was found on from the website http://ierg.ca/LID/how-we-can-help/topics/, this website also provides a list of 100+ topics that meet the criteria.
Introducing LiD to Your Class:
LiD is a very interesting and engaging program once it has been implemented but first, as a teacher, you must introduce LiD to your students and their parents/guardians (especially in primary).
First, here is a short video from Keiran Egan about LiD that you may want to show parents/guardians or your students before you start.

Last year I was in a K/1 class and my sponsor teacher has provided me with how she goes about introducing the program to her class. First she starts by sending home a brochure or flyer to the parents/guardians about what LiD is and how it will be beneficial to their children. Second, she sends home an letter inviting parents to come to a open house event in her class where the parents/guardians will get to watch their children choose their topics from a hat! I think this parent/guardian involvement is very important at this age level. Then, parents are able to look through books with their children about their chosen topic and help their children formulate questions and ideas to build off of.
Introducing the program is definitely adaptable to how you want to, as a teacher you may not want to host an event. This particular introduction method is more aimed at a primary setting as well. You may want to do things differently in higher grades. It is up to you as a teacher how you want to go about starting the program.
I have attached my teacher’s introductory letter that she shared with me to this blog post as an example. See below:

2 Replies to “LiD Topics & Introducing LiD to Your Class”

  1. I’ve never heard of this before, it seems really interesting! I love how you mentioned that when giving students topics you have to find that place where they can have choice but not something too vague. I think this is difficult for students sometimes to actually pick and commit to a topic, I usually change my topic about 100 times before I finally decide on something, so doing it this way is a great way to help get students started. I also like how this connects so well with what we have been learning about inquiry in a lot of our classes. I do imagine that getting younger grades all organized with research materials on their subject might be difficult, but if they are all doing something about bears for example then maybe the teacher can grab a bunch of bears books and bring them to class so they don’t have to be searching around for their information so much? Great post!

  2. Thanks Cassadii! Yes my teacher had a ton of books about each of their LiD topics, I think she gives they same ones out each year so she was able to connect resources over the years but it would definitely be different if you were just starting out!

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