I was blessed to work with a number of enthusiastic and innovation-spirited individuals full of zest and spirit to think together about the possibilities of pushing the envelope a bit and designing new opportunities for their students to be fully engaged in new ideas for teaching, learning, and schooling. To all of you I had the pleasure of working with ... thank you!
Innovation is not easy. Although, with help ... actually is. The process we went through, including my guidance, helps to lead to meaningful innovation by and within schools. Below is a very short summary of what we did, along with multiple pictures to give you a feel for the energy and spirit of the "design lab."
Grounded in our shared understanding of what is needed ... what next?
"Feed the Imagination"
It's helpful to hear how other schools and school programs are helping students learn the competencies they will need to thrive in the world in the next 20 years.
I provided a number of examples of those schools and school programs "pressing the envelope," and pursuing teaching, learning, and schooling that far better supports student for the future than we see schools doing today.
Then presenting ... for feedback through a Hackathon
Then discussion ...
Crystalizing their ideas to be put into action
Wednesday afternoon ... for fun
The paper-folding activity ... how can experiential learning happen in a classroom!
Followed by many other discussions .... for example, how do we learn in everyday life!
Finally ... a group photo ....
And a unique view of the room ....