“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
While looking through others blogs, I saw this video on Dan’s blog, and was really intrigued. This article is a snapshot of a school in Washington that created a program for Independent Learning, where the students have 100% control of their learning. We frequently discuss giving students some control of their learning, but I found it really interesting to see that the students had the freedom to learn about whatever interested them.
I liked the idea of having weekly questions. At the beginning of the week, each student would pose a question that they were curious about. They would then spend the half of their time that week answering their question through research or experimentation. The part I really liked about this independent program is that they had one large individual endeavour. This was a bigger, and more ambitious project that they participated in throughout the entire term. The only requirements for this assignment were that the student had to display effort and mastery of a skill towards their endeavour. For one student, that was learning how to play the piano; for another it was creating a documentary. The teachers were there just to support and mentor the students through their project.
I think that is such a good idea, and something I would definitely consider trying in the classroom.