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Students as architects of their own learning schedule

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What if ... 

  • ... schools allowed students to decide when and how they would complete the required number of hours for mandatory subjects? (In order for this to work, there might need to be within a school: an openness to vertical timetabling; a personalised student learning plan and lots of group work with collaborative learning activities, similar to what might be found at the School of One; and a clear foundation established very early on so that students would have the skills, maturity, initiative, foresight and creativity to manage their own learning). 
  • ... schools got rid of subjects and instead moved to teach ideas holistically (much like what Finland plans on doing), showing students that everything is interconnected?
  • ... students themselves were given the latitude to design Deep Learning Days with the only prerequisite being that it had to involve at least two subject areas (to encourage building connections between ideas in subjects)? 
  • ... students had more authority over the assessment tasks and schedule? They could design their own tasks; or assign how much weighting would go to each task at the start of the academic year.
  • ... what comprises a 'full teaching load' was redesigned? By reducing the number of classes that constitutes a full load, teachers would still be working full time but would have 'free' periods during which they could plan better lessons, collaborate with colleagues within the school, in academia and in industry; they could focus on giving more detailed and better quality feedback on students' work submitted - there are a million other ways they could use their time wisely to improve their pedagogy!
  • ... the end of every week was 'Freaky Friday' where students and teachers swap roles, in a sense? The students get to teach and the teachers get to learn. This role reversal would open so many doors, including allowing the teachers a chance to see what appeals to the students in their learning, giving the students a chance to see what it's like from a teacher's perspective, allowing students to dictate how they would like to learn content, etc.  

Evaluation results

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1. Potential for Impact: Imagine this solution had near perfect implementation. To what extent would this solution bring about a culture of innovation within a school or classroom?

A lot! This solution would greatly bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 0%

Somewhat. This solution would somewhat bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 100%

Not much. This solution might help with other things, but I don't see it really bringing about a culture of innovation within schools or classrooms. - 0%

2. Feasibility and Fit: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: If this solution were available to me right now, I would be able to use it with relatively low investment. (i.e. money, time, or skills).

Strongly agree (this solution strongly aligns to my/my school's current capacities). - 0%

Agree. - 0%

Neutral. - 100%

Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would take a big lift in resources to pull off). - 0%

3. Adaptability: I could imagine this solution working well in a variety of school and classroom contexts across a diverse set of needs.

Absolutely! I could see this working for a variety of schools and classrooms with different or unique needs. - 0%

Somewhat. I could see this working for many schools and classrooms, but it might need some adjusting to fit a broad diversity of contexts. - 100%

Not a lot. This seems like it might be better suited to only a few contexts. - 0%

4. Scalability: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: This idea could be adopted by an ever-growing number of teachers or students without requiring significant changes.

Strongly agree (this solution could easily scale without any significant changes). - 0%

Agree. - 0%

Neutral. - 100%

Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would require significant changes in order to properly scale). - 0%

5. Desirability: Do you wish this solution were available to you right now?

1 - Not a lot. There's not a big need for this right now and/or we use something already that fulfills a similar purpose in my school or classroom. - 0%

2 - 100%

3 - 0%

4 - 0%

5 - A lot! There's nothing like this already and I'd love to have it in my school or classroom. - 0%

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Great ideas here everyone. I had posted about FedEx days where you have to deliver something overnight or in the case of Ed during the course of a staff dev day. Basically, teachers and students would work together on teams to come up with solutions to issues they are passionate about by a specified time and then everyone presents their ideas and it's kind of like a celebration. If the ideas seem good, then they are carried forward from there.
It's kind of cool!

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