Dear Mr. Kimovski,We would first like to thank you for responding to Mr. Adams’s blog post in such a quick and inviting manner. Secondly, we would like to submit a proposal for the TEDxKids conference. Please let us know what would be the best way to do that, whether it be sending our thoughts to you via email or submitting some sort of application. We’d love to talk to you via skype; anytime from 2:40 to 3:30 EST is fine on our end, what time works for you? Below is a summary of our ideas and thoughts for this conference.School that cultivates a love of learning:
– increased student discussion less teacher lecture
– improvement and retention rather than learning for test and grades
– incorporating technology to reach all learnersOver this academic year, we believe that we have grown as students and in our beliefs of what makes up good schooling and what school ideally should look like. Also, as participants of a prototype course, called Synergy, we had the opportunity to explore the concept of “ideal school” further. We would like the opportunity to let others know about what we, as students, feel about this important issue of education, and the evolution that’s necessary to better serve the needs of learners.Thanks once again,T. S. and S. Z.
Assessment comes in so many shapes and sizes! Recently, I received some unexpected feedback about Synergy 8 – an interdisciplinary, community-issues, PBL class that Jill Gough and I created and piloted with eighth graders this past fall semester.
Earlier this week, as I was reading in my GOOGLE RSS feed reader (I use Feeddler on iPad), I discovered a call for speakers for TEDxKids@BC. Being a huge fan and supporter of TEDx and David Wees, I tweeted the blog-post-call-for-speakers. Thinking specifically of two or three Synergy “grads,” I called their attention to the tweet with a mention. Via direct messaging, two of the Synergy team members scheduled a face-to-face to discuss possibilities, and then one followed up with an email showing her initial brainstorming about a proposal to speak at TEDxKids@BC. I am pasting the email below, with permission:
Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2011 11:09 AMTo: Jill Gough; Bo AdamsSubject: tedx kids ideas:tedx kids ideas:What should school look like?(use synergy experience as example)– discussion and question centered– students as teachers too– self assessments– improvement and retention vs. Grades– technology integrated– find out what students and teachers think school is and what it should be/what they want it to beClass room environment:??? (don’t rly know, this might be a totally irrelevant or repetitive tangent…)– respect– student involvement instead of teacher lecturing (students as teachers too)– using technology to appeal to all kinds of learners and learning styles– teach how they learn, and what they want to know not just for test– cultivate a love of learning and subject (may be far out there)Bisous 🙂Live, Laugh, LoveSent from my iPhone