Wanted to share some thoughts from two formal observations I conducted this week. Both observations embraced elements of a self-paced learner centric environment. After conducting these observations I was moved to see a strong connection between the need to nurture self-paced classrooms and thoughts offered by Will Richardson.
In a post What Do We Absolutely Need to Teach?, Mr. Richardson says the following:
So I’m trying to push my own thinking here a bit, and I’d love some feedback. If I believe (and I do) that school should be more about letting my children find and solve their own problems with others, create and share meaningful works about the ideas they care about, and develop the dispositions they need to be powerful, patient and passionate learners, then what are the fundamental bits of knowledge or skills that they need to do that? But if we are to redefine our value in schools, and if that redefinition moves us away from creating kids who are learned toward, instead, the development of learners, what does each child absolutely have to know and be able to do?
I am curious to hear what others have to think about how we best go about developing learners.