Monday, November 24, 2014

Reflective Teacher at TeachThought November Blog Challenge- Day 24

School of the Future?

My dreams for the future would be more of an open campus in high school, more responsibility put on the shoulder of the students, more options available for students to show growth and understanding in their learning and more availability to dialogue on an individual basis with teachers. 

With having an open campus would come more availability of online classes for students, or options to be in class a few days a week and work on larger projects. With the Genius Hour, Maker Movement and Project Based- Learning initiatives as well as a large amounts of school going 1:1 with Chromebooks, why do students need to be in class 50 minutes with a teacher. Why not flexible time in schools to learn, and flexible time for teachers to schedule appointments with students for some in-depth conferencing and reflection and growth- planning?

I also want more classes that reach out to the community, more options for students to get valuable work experience alongside their studies, possibly in a field that interests them and this would be possible with an open campus. We talk a lot about bringing community into the classroom, but what about having students go out and work/learn there (there is my open campus idea again!) 

For me, open campus allow for flexibility and options for students. Out students are learning differently these days, why don't we redesign our school system from classes, to furniture to scheduling to allow for this learning and growth?

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