I link below to the blog and youtube channel of a student who has taken a passion project/20Time project to levels far beyond my expectations. If you’re an educator of any sort, you should take a look at her work. While she is certainly an exceptional student, she could easily be languishing in classrooms that sap her energy and deny her access to her curiosity.
Instead, Irina has created opportunities and taken hold of those presented to her to pursue her curiosity and interests. This is the modern learner, the innovator, the self-determined learner.
This is the future of education, and it is now.
As educators, we know that we need to question ourselves constantly. And while it may be exhausting, we need to find ways to be in a constant, iterative cycle. Change is everywhere, and it is represented strongly in our students, especially those like Irina. We can either lead with them or get out of their way. But if we think conducting our classes the same way we always have will help students like Irina learn what they need in a world that has always outpaced our glacially paced system, we’re mistaken and worse, an anachronism.
Commotion — Blog