3. tWITTER TAKEOVER
2. PASSION PROJECTS
When thinking about student-led learning, nothing embodies this concept better than passion projects. Here, students in grade 6 are encouraged to solve a problem that they care about. Students run this project from start to finish, from choosing their problem, to inventing their solution and everything in between. This open-ended project often keeps going after the submission date, as we learned from the student who’s kept developing protein shakes even though the project has already been submitted. Or the boy who developed a new file folder to help attorneys from spilling their documents at his mother’s workplace. Students used technology to cresearch and create their projects. Many of the students we spoke to even created websites or Twitter accounts to share their experiences and market their projects- did I mention the team that is now on a first-name basis with Jonathan Rochelle, creator of Google Docs and Drive, after tweeting him for advice? Because that happened. Talk about innovative tech use!
The Tinkering Lab must be my favourite place I visited at Park Maitland. To me, it is a vision of student-led learning. TinkerLab teacher Emily Blomquist collaborates with homeroom teachers to create open-ended project-based learning opportunities for their shared students.
Thank you park maitland!