Self-Directed Learning Exploration

  1. Intro
  2. Focus Question - How do we get more kids like this?
  3. Big Picture - How do others explain this?
  4. Process - Main Steps
  5. How start the year?
    • Introduce Thinkering Studio/Genius Hour/Fab Fridays (see above)
    • Start with a few small projects like LegoSmart, FAILure, Mini Challenges etc. designed to start several important discussions - these might also be occasional mini lessons throughout the year to make certain points
    • Watching videos and checking out epic and not so epic (but great process) projects
    • Discussing what physical, computer, software, and web tools are available at school
    • Coming up with an "experts" chart for when others need help
    • A weekly or biweekly whole group or online discussion
      • When have you discovered for yourself or taught yourself something? (Inside or outside of school)
      • How is learning how to play soccer, play an instrument, learn English, learn a language at school, write a story, etc. similar/different?
      • What are some general strategies to learn something? Which do you seem to prefer? What are some things that make it harder to learn? How do different technologies help/hinder your learning?
      • Can anyone else actually teach you anything? "I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." Socrates
      • What is failure? How can failure be beneficial? How do you overcome failures?
      • Are there levels of failure?
      • What is a smart failure?
      • If you achieve an "Epic Fail," have you learned more than most people who easily succeed or succeed by following a "recipe"?
      • What counts as success?
      • What counts as an "epic" win?
      • How can success be detrimental?
      • What counts as creativity? Innovation?
      • How are incremental, breakout, and disruptive innovation distinct?
      • How do you know when to stop/give up on a project? What is grit? Perseverance? (see habit 1)
    • Mini Lessons
      • Self scoring with Marzano's Effort and Achievement Rubric
      • Creating and adding to a learning journal
      • Wiki/Blog/Google Sites skills
      • Photography skills
      • Audio recording skills
      • Video recording skills
      • Creating and curating a learning portfolio
      • Leading a student ‍exhibition (this is one example of formal horizontal sharing)‍
      • Using the documentation and reflection prompts for journal ideas
      • Self scoring with the Thinkering Studio Rubric
      • Providing critical feedback
      • Inquiry process
      • Design process
      • MiniChallenges
      • Simple Think Pair Shares of related quotes or any of the videos linked on this page
  6. Twitter chat #geniushour
    • Debate "jumpstart" pages?
    • "Recipe" projects?
    • Individual, pairs, or groups?
    • Assessment?
    • Questions as you begin
  7. Teacher & Student Roles
  8. Revisit Paperts Big 8 & Thinkering Studio's Commandments
    • Create a set of slides similar to "Thinkering Studio is ..."
  9. Other Resources



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