Voice and Choice
At Greenspire, we allow students to exercise voice and choice throughout all of our projects. Students are given many opportunities to exercise their own judgement and to make decisions about how to resolve problems. We believe this is a prerequisite for critical thinking and problem-solving. Students are also often given choices for final products and an opportunities to reflect on their actions and the learning during the projects.
At Greenspire we make group work more than accomplishing a task. It's about collaboration that is interactive, innovative and interdependent. Students learn to not only take responsibility for themselves but also for their teammates. Learning to listen, providing and receiving feedback and understanding commitment are just a few of the life skills learned.
Much learning happens when students are taught how to give and receive feedback. Not only does it produce high-quality work, but students also learn the value of improving drafts -a life long skill.
Instead of spoon feeding students the knowledge for a project, we start with a driving question to begin the inquiry process. From here, students come up with their "need-to-knows" to answer it. Lessons are then constructed from these questions.
John Dewey said, "We don't learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience." Reflection is about focusing on the process which involves both content and success skills.