Hi Paul, I've done a lot of thinking around this actually. I think the choice of setting is the easier element of flexibility to incorporate by individual teachers, things as simple as if there is an assignment for the day that doesn't require specifically being in the classroom altogether, let students choose wherever in the building to do their work then do a meet up at the end of class. Or offer a wider variety of furniture within the classroom, maybe a corner with bean bags, kids futons, and pillows to stimulate the idea of working in bed or on a couch, but also options like stools, individual desks, and group tables to give a variety of settings for a variety of learner preferences. I know a lot of schools have already begun doing these kinds of things. In terms of flexibility of time, I wonder about the idea of lecture vs workshop days similar to what many teachers have taken on during this pandemic: perhaps instructional time only takes place a few times a week, and the other day's students have the option to come to class for work time and easy access to teacher feedback, or they can choose to use that time for other purposes as long as all the work that needs to be done for the week gets completed by the end of the week. I also think on a macro scale there are lots of different options for widespread scheduling changes. I've often wondered if k-12 operated more similarly to college where class offerings/their time tables were pre-set, and students could build their schedule around what classes and what times they preferred - so if you like early morning classes, sign up for those 8ams if you don't want to start school till 11, go for it as long as you take everything you need to take that semester. There is also more opportunity for choice with different ways of considering the year schedule, like year-long courses vs semester-long vs quarter long, or how my old high school now operates which is on a 6-6week modular schedule where kids take only 3-4 classes per modular vs 6-7 and it gives students more choice on types of classes they can take and encourages more project-based learning. I didn't quite have room with the word count for all of this on my post, but yes, I've definitely done some brainstorming of my own on all of these trends, I just wanted to focus on sharing the insights rather than my personal brainstorms this time.
Hi Thea null, I love the idea of taking already existing content and creating a curated platform to more easily find these resources and use the different learning tools together for greater learning and development. It seems so many people are trying to create new learning content right now without realizing how many great resources already exist for engaging online and at-home learning. I would love to hear more about how you developed this curriculum of sorts and also wonder what kind of feedback you've gotten thus far on this project!
Ah-ha! Yes, that makes so much sense because your name also looked familiar but I couldn't figure out why if it was only that you read a blog post of mine. Love those guys! And Fuse15 was one of my favorite conferences I've been to and/or coached at!