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Values-Driven Education-What Do We Believe?
Joshua Block/Gamal Sherif
1) What is your ideal school?
Growth model (Not Punitive)/Meaningful professional development
Connection to outside/nature
Open building/ community space
Versatile & open space
Students working together
2) What values do these schools reflect?
Learning is interdisciplinary
School learning is connected to life learning
School should be accessible to community & a gathering place
Relationships should be sustained
Schools can enrich/transform society
Free exchange of ideas & experience
“Unfinishedness” (ideas & people need to continue to evolve)
Schools foster social & personal responsibility
Connection between human experience & natural world (interconnectedness)
Physical space should be flexible & reflect intentions (these can foster freedom)
3) What do we believe about the purpose of education in our society?
4) How do your classroom practices align with your values?
SAMPLE PROJECTS AND VALUES:
This history project emphasizes student voice through their research and presentation of music. Students are asked to compare songs from different times and places and then discuss connections to African American history. The project also reflects attention to PA content and skills standards (Teacher Guide).
Crossing Boundaries Podcast
This English project takes a theme from the novel
written by Nella Larsen and uses the format of the radio show
This American Life
as a model. Within this framework students work together to create a radio show centered around the idea of
After completing the novel there are classroom mini-lessons on interviewing skills and designing interview questions, analysis of the idea of boundaries, using Garage Band, editing an interview to make a coherent story, mixing in music to emphasize emotions and smooth transitions, and linking different stories as part of a larger show.
Understanding by Design Unit Outline
Sample student story
(part of larger show):
This project emphasizes student voice as students determine the content, design and layout of the microscopy portfolio (i.e. PPT). They have several weeks to complete the project, and they are coached on project planning and time management. Discrete skills include knowledge of cell anatomy and physiology, measurement (mm and microns), proper research reporting (labeling & descriptions), proper use of digital microscopes and graphic design (
help on how to format text
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