I have taken to heart the concept of students owning their learning. In my last math class, I gave my students real-life problems to solve and instead of guiding them through the process, they worked together to solve the problems on their own. I made sure that they communicated with each other, so that one student did not do all of the work while the others watched. Each member of the small group had to be able to explain the way in which the problem was solved. Then they recorded their answers using iPods, and finally we will be publishing these videos on the internet.
The students were more engaged than I have ever seen them. Further, they demonstrated a sense of responsibility in explaining the methods to the students who had more difficulty following the process. I feel that this was a successful acitivity on so many different levels.