In six days, we’ll sit down for turkey, feasting, and thanks-giving. I am truly grateful to you for your continued support. 2 ½ years ago, Imagine! was just a crazy idea I just couldn’t bat aside. But today, when I look at the names of our future ninth graders, or when I drive by the place I hope we’ll call home next year, it’s already so much more. And it’s each of you that has made that possible – if you didn’t want (need!) this school, it would have remained just an idea. A good friend said the other day, “It’s no longer ‘build it and they will come’ – they’re coming, and you’ve got to build it.” Mission accepted.
Speaking of that list of future ninth graders – if you have a son our daughter considering Imagine! for next year (as a 9th or 10th grader only), and you haven’t filled out our enrollment interest form, please go to http://bit.ly/IWM-enroll to make sure we have you on our list.
Education Reimagined kicked off their annual conference for learner-centered education, SparkHouse, yesterday in Washington, DC. Lots of Big Picture Learning students representing! Checkout the tweetstorm that ensued on the question of “what makes an environment learner-centered?” Adults have so many filters, so many models they (over)use to try and define these things. The kids’ answers were pure.
What if I like structure?
Here was another great question mentioned during this event’s Facebook Live recap – “What if a kid sees school-centered education as the way they enjoy learning? What if they like the structure and the subject-by-subject nature of it?” I hear this often, too, from parents – but the beauty of a learner-centered environment is the inherent choice: you have a choice to learn in the way that works for you. If you like a lot of structure, you’ll learn to set up a structure for yourself. If you like more traditional learning methods, you’ll learn how to figure out where to access them. But learning to take ownership of your own learning is a skill that will be yours for the rest of your life.
Why wait to learn and do? (video clip): https://vimeo.com/user42292867/what-makes-lc-possible#t=81s
On communicating better with your teenager – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/well/family/why-your-grumpy-teenager-doesnt-want-to-talk-to-you.html?
No TGIF next week. Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving Day with friends and family, and a restful long weekend.