|A student presenting at a SoundOut Speak Out event.|
Lately, I’ve been inspired by the work of Charlie Kouns and David Loitz through Imaging Learning. Working in a handful of locations across the country, they’ve been having powerful conversations with students about what, where, why, when, and how learning happens best for them. I really admire their passion, and I think what they’re doing is important work.
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Activity: Ideal Schools
- Break students into teams of 4-8 for groups of 8 and larger.
- Give each team a large piece of paper and provide each group with a collection of creative materials, i.e. markers, pens, color pencils, etc.
- Ask each team to draw the outline of a school in the middle of the paper. They can make it any size, depending on how important they think the school building is to learning.
- When their outlines are complete, teams should work together to draw an image of their “ideal school” without using any words. Encourage students to fill the paper with characteristics or abilities that an ideal school would have. For example, they might draw big doors on the school to indicate the ability for students to learn outside the building, or fill the rest of the page with other places students can learn.
- Ask each team to present their creation. As students report out, create a master list of characteristics as each team reports back.
- Reflect on the activity by asking:
- Which characteristics do you think are most important? Why?
- Are these realistic? Why or Why not?
- (If in a broke-up class) How do you feel about the ideal school the other teams came up with?
- Do you have any concerns?
- Would you add anything?
Keep the drawings hanging around the classroom to remind students what they are striving for.
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