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.