This year we’ve made several big changes to the schedule and curriculum at our Lower school, the biggest by far being what we call “Fab Fridays.” On Fridays we no longer have scheduled classes for reading, math, history and writing. We have a three and a half hour block that begins after Chapel and ends just before Community lunch, dedicated to student initiated learning. Every homeroom class is joined by an additional teacher, and I am lucky enough to be in a Third Grade class with an amazing teacher.
- Students who are increasingly independent in their learning, and whose stamina for investigation, process, hurdles and results continues to grow.
- Student topics that are varied, and becoming richer, and questions that are thoughtful.
- The “ah-ha” moments are happening more frequently and comments like, “Well I started with this question, but now I have these questions…”
- Teacher prep time that is decreasing as students become more independent. It feels more and more like what it is supposed to be, student driven learning.
- Students who are getting better and better at finding and evaluating resources.
- Students who are focusing on process, not finishing.
- Student blog posts that are detailed, fun to read and full of reflection. Check out these posts from Third Grade.