Here is where I will hang the students published fairytales. They loved this unit. CCSS no longer allows a fairytale unit for second graders. I do believe with all of this classroom academic rigor the imagination is being lost.
“They loved this unit. CCSS no longer allows a fairytale unit for second graders.”
This line makes me sad, and then mad! A teacher should have the flexibility to teach subjects and lessons that meaningful to their students. I say push the CCSS aside and teach fairly tales…just call them something else!
After the test is gone, next will be the outdated idea there is one set of learning that all “second graders” must learn. Standards should be a guide book, a reference guide, not a set of directions, not a script to be followed line for line. Teach to the heart not to the standards. I know Ursoteachable will find a creative way around it, her blog showcases lots of amazing heartfelt relationship based teacher! I applaud her for spotlighting how the CCSS will limit real learning and as she said lost of imagination in the classroom and our kids.
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Wonder if we had this as a class in high school… more students would actually feel engaged! This to me is where our world is headed. My hope is that schools can be a place where students discover what they want to be and then spend their time trying to “be it”… I don’t even think it needs to be work focused and I hope it is not “I” focus but how “I” become an unique “I” within a more collective “we”……
Just thinking…. that is why I love my work with Imagining Learning. Visioning different types of schools with young people stops you from thinking about school in the traditional sense and opens your mind to all the different possibilities of what school could and should be. See some of their unique visions here and donate to help us travel to other cities to vision with more students.
——Adventures In Learning
Imagining Learning is working with young people across the country to create a national collective vision of how they would transform education. We believe that young people have an innate wisdom and authenticity about how future generations would best be educated, but they aren’t usually invited to participate in discussions or decision making in their communities.
Imagining Learning is built on the idea of Listening. Our Listening Sessions are designed to create an appreciative environment of trust and openness so their natural wisdom can emerge. Within each Listening Session, young people, ages 13 - 19, co-create paintings containing their visions for transforming education. These paintings are visual stories containing the key themes that each group believes is essential to changing education. Visit our gallery to see some of these paintings.
As we do Listening Sessions with young people all across the country, certain themes appear over and over again. These represent their collective voice, a voice rich in passion, ideas, and wisdom. Currently, we have done 20 Listening Sessions in locations such as San Francisco, CA; Birmingham, AL; Seattle, WA; Jackson, MS; Portland, OR, etc.
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Often we don’t sit silently and listen to young people’s voices and wisdom. Imagining Learning’s listening sessions are design to do just that! The first step to transforming education is creating spaces where young people can share their ideas on education and where we as stewards and elders can just silently listen! The next step is take their ideas and co-create new learning journeys that help unlock all the positive creative potential in the world!
A Student’s definition of a Successful Student
“A successful student is.. someone who thinks outside the box, share’s their knowledge with others, and takes advantage of the opportunities thrown at you.”
~ An Imagining Learning student participant from Cane Bay High School.
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On June 25, 2013, nine US high school students will be traveling to Guatemala with Perduco’s Con Los Ojos Abiertos! 2013, an extraordinary experiential learning adventure of Spanish language instruction, cultural studies, and service learning at Escuela Proyecto La Esperanza, The School of Hope.
While at The School of Hope, participating students will engage in a five-day, co-creation, hands-on skills-building activity, working collaboratively with a Guatemalan peer, to produce a solution to a challenge. Co-creation allows and encourages active involvement from the students to create a value rich experience.
“I had incredible teachers. And as I look at my life today, the things I value most about myself — my imagination, my love of acting, my passion for writing, my love of learning, my curiosity — all of these things came from how I was parented and taught.
Via Art of Learning
We won’t go without you! In preparation for the launch of our first ever fundraising campaign next week, take a look at the communities that have requested we come and lead an Imagining Learning Listening Session!! We have been averaging about 2 a week for the past few weeks! Join the Imagining Learning Listening Session family
Here is a map of the Places Imagining Learning hopes to do listening sessions in the next year! Do you want to be added to the list? Any help sharing out Imagining Learning over the next week or two, will really help us fill this map up with more Blue dots! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping organizing a listening session or check out our website at www.imagininglearning.us
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