My seventh grade teaching colleagues and I returned from Christmas break with a new direction. We are realizing more and more within the context of our inquiry based school that to authentically teach inquiry learning skills, we need our students to be engaged, committed and responsible for their own progress. This is not to say that we don't have any responsibility as their teachers. It just means that we need our students to want to know what we need them to know according to the curriculum that has been set before us. We decided to shake things up a bit.
If you're having fun and not learning, that's bad. If you're learning and not having fun, that's worse. If you're having fun and learning, that's our classroom.This is a mantra we've been thinking a lot about. Why can't fun be learning and learning be fun? We believe it's all about perspective... the students' and ours. So that is the foundation of our new action research project with 44 kids, four teachers and a lot or positive energy. Here's how we started...