I love that middle school learners are quick to jump in and activate as learners when given a context for learning.
They may float between being semi-adults and semi-children and are at times the most stable and fragile of people, but they are explorers of life – through relationships, humor, risk taking, movement, music, stories, design, technologies and community.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve had several occasions to watch middle school students working with each other and with teachers, parents, community members, their assistant principal and principal, and Alex Gilliam of Public Workshop fame. Want kids to think mathematically, apply physical science principles, communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally, work together and hold each other accountable for quality work?
Let them design and build tree houses – in the cafeteria – with power tools – and squares, measuring tapes, hammers, glue and…
View original post 502 more words