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- You should look into your school partnering with the New Tech Network. What you're doing is what they've already been doing for years. They're growing exponentially and are now global in their scope.
Kudos to you for creating this within a traditional structure, though. I had to seek it out and was lucky enough to live close to a New Tech upstart. Our building's state-of-the-art designed specifically for this model. Students have conference rooms their groups can use and classrooms are labs where every piece of furniture's on wheels. It's been a lot of work, but it's fun!! And teachers actually have time to collaborate!
I hope I don't sound like I'm boasting. I'm just really happy to be in a place, finally, that is so ripe with creativity and innovation.
Best of luck to you!Mar 15, 2012
- Thank you for sharing the New Tech Network. It appears to be worth a look at the very least. My team and I have been building ours from scratch with very little outside help. We have been craving feedback. The challenge is that we are way ahead of admins as far as modern approaches are concerned.
I know what you mean about being somewhere that fosters innovation and creativity. We did an even more open version of this schedule 3 years ago. The experience in that learning environment was amazing.Mar 15, 2012
- It's so challenging because, as I'm sure you've experienced, we're pretty much working overtime un-teaching what students have internalized about school. When you turn it over to them, they don't know what to do with themselves so, as I've learned, even autonomy needs to be scaffolded.
In our second year, we're doing much better with that aspect of it. The tendency was to fall back on traditional means, given it was our comfort zone (teacher and student alike). But we help one another be courageous in staying with our ideals (the same ones, I'm sure, that fuels your passion for making ISP work).
I can totally see why you went to a "lite" model for those who needed that structure to work from. :o)Mar 16, 2012
- It sounds like our experiences are quite similar and I agree about the un-teaching of what students, parents, and even fellow educators have internalized about school. In fact, we coined a term for it which I took as the name for my blog.
Hopefully the "lite" model will make the unteaching easier and less time consuming by lessing the shock of being tossed into an unstructured world.Mar 16, 2012
- Nice work, Mike:) Consider Academic Literacy in place of Read 180. More robust with curriculum connections to history and science imbedded in the course.Mar 17, 2012
- That part isn't up to the teachers. Students are assigned to programs as described in ieps. Wherever they go, it is going to happen during 20% time.Mar 17, 2012