Create Sparks, Ignite Passions, and Make Connections: Spartans Connect

June 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Create Sparks, Ignite Passions, and Make Connections: Spartans Connect
http://www.ryanbretag.com/blog/?p=3238

Considering the wealth of diverse talents, interests, and possibilities in our schools, we are missing a prime opportunity to facilitate the development of the element for students while building meaningful relationships that nurture well-being.

And that led to the moment of asking “what if we created…”

  • an opportunity where we value exploring the passions of all learners so the formal curriculum and the artificial barriers governing schools are forgotten if even for a moment.
  • an opportunity where students and teachers partnered around their common interests in order to share their passions with the community.
  • an opportunity where students become teachers, teachers become students, and we all become learners.
  • an opportunity where individuals invite others into their passions as a mechanism for creating a spark in connection and in interest.
  • an opportunity that fosters deeper relationships and sense of community by strengthening connections.
  • an opportunity that embraced agency, creativity, curiosity, joyousness, and play as targets not just talking points.

And this became the vision for Spartans Connect, a day where we would put aside schooling for learning, connecting, and building.

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