I’m sharing here a post by Aaron Eden, a powerful voice and agent of change in education. His words are an extension of the work done by countless teachers who are “getting out of the way” of their students and offering more choice, offering a view of education as “play,” which is the true work of the child. Mr. Eden’s work flies parallel but a bit further, perhaps, than the work of genius hours/20 time projects such as those popularized by Kevin Brookhouser, Joy Kirr, and even myself, but only because of the systemic constraints we face. Don Wettrick’s work in his Innovations Class at Noblesville HS, Indiana and in his book Pure Genius might be the logical next step to extend us towards Mr. Eden’s vision, and it’s certainly the starting point for the creation of the new “Design-Lab” class at my own HS, which I’m co-creating and piloting this year with 13 students who are looking to learn as much as they can about themselves, their world, and making it a better place.
Eric Mazur introduced the flipped classroom to much interest a couple of decades ago. The idea—and a very good one—is that the time we have together in class is precious, and is being totally underutilized by a one-to-many dissemination of information. In the internet age, Mazur thought, why couldn’t we do the lecture outside of class, […]