Although the hour went by much too swiftly, Suzie Boss, Brett Jacobsen, and I had a great time sharing our thoughts on the topic of Bringing Innovation to School today at NAIS AC 13
The slides are above. If you are interested, you can click over to read Mike Gwaltney’s notes from the session.
In my remarks, I made reference to my presentation a year ago at NAIS on Innovative Schools, Innovative Students, which you can find here.
Highly recommended for our attendees and everyone else interested in this topic is Suzie’s book, Bringing Innovation to School.
As a part of our session, we invited attendees to answer themselves on sticky notes questions about how they are, or how they would, bring innovation to school– and as promised, I’m happy to share them here:
How might we innovate around…
- Group/self evaluation of public speaking, collaboration, using rubrics and feedback
- Have students design the assessments and rubrics
- Build more assessments for learning
- Include multiple assessors (members of community, parents, etc.)
- Use of rubrics with the 4 C’s
- Listen more
- Project-based assessment
- Always think about what type of human you’re attempting to graduate first. Then match assessment (and learning) to those desired transformative outcomes
- Make every classroom a makerspace
- Cover walls with Idea Paint
- Ask: If we had a blank space to create a new middle school, what would it look like?
- Collaborate with other subject areas and other classrooms in different schools
- Flexible space with flexible, comfortable furniture
- Spaces for: 1 student, 3 students to work together, 5-8 as a group, 15-25 as a class, 30+ for group experiments
- Think “outside” the box. Different types of learning require different spaces
- Involve students in designing their school spaces; visit as many other schools as possible (from both your and other school “genres”) (more…)