Together with their community, students will use their wonderings to find their passions, and how they can contribute to make a better world
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How might we create a relevant system that engages both students and facilitators to learn knowledge and skills together in the age of technology, allowing them to learn to their full potential, with opportunities to create a better future, a successful future for themselves and their community?
Imagine wanting to go visit a school because you want to know what the art gallery created by several students has to offer that day, or because you want to hear about the ongoing projects that you could help with, or maybe you have to assess a project you helped a student with, or just to drink at the student led caf. while listening to music composed by students?
Students will choose projects based on their level (skills and content they need to learn) as well as by interest. Projects will be designed by the student together with the advisory and an expert or two in the area. This will ensure that the student is getting a project based on their level that is challenging them to learn new skills and knowledge as well as to deepen old ones. By the end of their school career, they will have completed a series of projects (Real Impact Projects, Social Entrepreneur Project, Global Issues Project, Technology Project, Arts Design project, Music Project, PE program, Guidance program, apprenticeships program, to name most).
Throughout the project students will have on-going exhibitions / presentations where they will showcase what they are working on, what they have done, and what they will be doing. This is open to the public. It will give the student deadlines to look at with an authentic audience. The public will get to see what is happening in the school. The public can also be interested in being a networking point or an expert that might have ideas of how to help the student. Other students and advisors can view the presentations so they can get ideas for their own projects, to see what others are doing, and hopefully sparking curiosity in others.
Each student will be assigned an advisors or facilitators to guide them through the projects. Teachers can be approached when specific knowledge needs to be learned to help them further their project. Teacher and student together will work throught the process of learning and applying knowledge.
Projects will be assessed by the advisor, the community, as well as the expert if there is one. The students will be assessed on the process, the skills, the content, and the product. The assessments would then award the student a badge for their skill. The badge will inform the student the skill they learned as well as the level (communication, presenting, developing or communication, presenting, mastering). The goal is for students to earn badges of mastery in multiple areas.
Instead of grades, students will have a portofolio. Students' portfolio's include all their projects, work, and thoughts. It will also include a page with the badges earned so one can easily see their skill set and experiences. This will be the way students are evaluated throughout their career as a student. Due to the nature of these projects, there it is competency-based learning, disregarding the age, but looking into the maturity as well as the readiness of each student.
It will empower students with skills, curiosity, empathy, to pursue their passions and to contribute to making a better future. Instead of subjects in silos, students will be exploring and experiencing through varied projects and apprenticeships. They will be empowered with knowledge and skills to follow any passion throughout their life. Students will leave the school with a deep understanding of purpose and how they can contribute in the real world in a positive and empathic way. Something that I feel is lacking today.
The purpose of this education is to offer an autonomy approach to learning, that still has boundaries, is structured and systematic, and comes with proper guidance.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
In my fourteen years of teaching mainly in middle and high school, I have noticed that school has become an irrelevant tick in a checklist made by society and yet the checklist no longer matches the job market needs.
Through my experience as a teacher and student in the Swiss school system, I started seeing a benefit in apprenticeships and life skill classes. At the American School of Bombay, as a member of Research and Development, we questioned how technology should change learning and teaching, and we experimented with different solutions. During this time, I explored a variety of alternative school systems that have been implemented.
Finally, I became part of the start-up world as I launched an app on iTunes. Seeing this world, networking with different people, and learning the skills, is when I concluded that school is it's own bubble that no longer works.
I currently teach a design-thinking and service class using my ideas. I also offer a Saturday project class.