I call it “Camouflage Learning”…..
Students are not to be underestimated. They’re constantly aware of their surroundings and always “watching out” for the threat of being taught. They’ve been trained, over the years, to be looking over their shoulders in the hopes of protecting themselves from objectives, standards, assessments, and data-driven approaches. As a result, students are very perceptive and they know when you’re trying to teach them something….But if you’re careful, sometimes they’ll learn without realizing it! It’s deceptive, sneaky, under-handed, and yet, calculated. It’s camouflage learning.
Sometimes I try to trick my students into learning. Without their prior approval, I’ll deliver content via strategies used to camouflage content within the lesson…It can take place, usually, without them knowing and there are a great number of ways to accomplish this feat. I’ll share a couple of student engagement aka camouflage learning strategies with you now.