Article: If students designed their own schools: An Inspirational Video

March 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

The video above is excel­lent- an inspi­ra­tion to all of us to rethink how we’re doing hon­or­ing stu­dent voice in the design and imple­men­ta­tion of their learn­ing. It also leads edu­ca­tors to won­der: how could we bet­ter grab and embed the prac­tices of this student-designed and student-managed learn­ing envi­ron­ment into the cur­rent norms of our adult-facilitated learn­ing?

The “Inde­pen­dent project” explained in the video is a one-semester oppor­tu­ni­ty for stu­dents to design their own learn­ing. It is com­posed of three parts: the week­ly ques­tions, the indi­vid­ual endeav­or, and the col­lec­tive endeavor.

Week­ly ques­tions take up rough­ly half the time.

Every Mon­day each stu­dents comes up with a ques­tion based on some­thing they are curi­ous about relat­ed to a core sub­ject. Stu­dents spend a week doing research and exper­i­men­ta­tion, and on Fri­day, each gives a for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion about what they learned.

It is great to see the focus on ques­tions as the frame and guide for the work of the week. Why shouldn’t we use this approach with every stu­dent every week: ques­tions first, ques­tions through­out, ques­tions dri­ving the learn­ing.



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