This past week has been a complete validation of why that all needed to change. I saw students step up as leaders, helping each other out, discovering new methods for making, and personalizing their learning in meaningful and (I hope) lasting ways.
I have mostly 7th graders this semester, so I was a bit worried how they would catch on to the way we conduct business in this class. I has been a little more slow going because 8th graders had me last year and already had an idea of how I operate, but it has been a pretty good start on this first theme of Identity.
Below you can see the process in which students have been working this week as we finish up this first theme on Monday: