|Visual of Student Exploration Projects in One Semester.|
I started on those paths back in 1995 by building a Student Help Desk program at South Burlington High School and then dove in full steam as a teacher in 2005 at Burr and Burton Academy in the development of the rLab project until 2013. Students chose their own projects in the lab and it led to incredible results, growth, and challenges to traditional academic constructs. In many ways, it was ahead of its time. My explorations on the two threads continue to this day.
Here's a look under the hood of the rLab at Burr and Burton Academy where this work really took off, lists of topics students explored and more about the paths that developed.
I've learned a lot about creating and building these opportunities, the challenges they bring to traditional 'school' practice, assessment strategies therein, incredible project archiving options, promoting student voice and leadership, demonstrations of learning through meaningful portfolios, making and maintaining community and mentorship connections, and mentoring teachers in these practices. I continue to take consulting jobs on these topics (and others) to help K-12 schools and higher education institutions innovate, build systems, and train teachers in personalized learning. Let me know if I can help.
Keep moving forward... ; )