Passion, Problem Solving, and Choice
"Education is not the filling of a bucket, it's the lighting of a fire."
This was a great way to kick off the day!
Outside of management, you can include problem solving in their learning. Ask students to identify a problem in the school or the community (relevance) and ask them how they would solve it (rigor). I look forward to creating problem-based learning projects for my students. -Lindsey Markus
When students have a choice about what they read, what they research, what they do in your classroom, they are more motivated to learn. We heard from fellow teachers about the importance of student agency - student choice and how it is linked to ambition. The more engaged a student is in their work, the more motivated they are to learn and grow, and the more successful they become.
An idea that was shared by a fellow teacher about ways to include student voice and choice was "genius hour". This is a time for students to pick a topic about which they are passionate, and then research it and present what they have learned. We can tie it to a standard through speaking and listening, scientific inquiry, and reading and writing standards. I love this idea and would like to implement it! - Amy Gronseth
Flexible Learning Spaces
We were encouraged to keep an open mind when considering creating a flexible learning space - we might need to get rid of some things. Some teachers shared that they have even gotten rid of their desk. That is a big change, but one to think about.
One great idea that was shared - and very simple to do! - is putting furniture on casters so that we can move it around more easily. Another teacher suggested painting our kidney tables with dry erase paint, so that students can write on it. Others shared ideas for inexpensive, simple to make bucket seats or crate seats, which students can easily move from place to place in the room. There were so many ideas that I wanted to try! -Lindsey Markus