Co-Designing Learning with Kids and the Bio-Collective w/ Dr. Ben Freud
Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner
by Kyle Wagner
1w ago
How do you design learning in your classroom/school?  Imagine inviting student input on everything from the way the timetable is organized, to the design of learning experiences, even to how they are assessed and evaluated.  That's the kind of voice and choice The Green School Bali provides its learners. And their learners are empowered as a result.  In this illuminating podcast episode, Head of the Upper School/Learning Dialogist/Writer/Podcaster Dr. Benjamin Freud and I unpack: Practical methods for inviting student voice/choice into the design of learning How to include ..read more
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Accelerating Deeper Learning Classrooms: Transformation Story with Jenn Fisher
Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner
by Kyle Wagner
1M ago
What is deep learning?  Is it students engrossed in semester long units or learning experiences? Inquiring, probing, investigating, and making meaning of their learning.  Perhaps. But most of us don't have that kind of time, or freedom with our curriculum. What if deeper learning didn’t mean re-organizing everything we had, but simply making a few tweaks to what's already there.. Gathering students around a kitchen table we brought in for more balanced discussion Extending time of activities by a few minutes to allow for reflection Letting students rearrange the classroom to align t ..read more
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Green School Bali: Teaching regenerative education w/ Kenny Peavy
Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner
by Kyle Wagner
2M ago
Imagine a school where you take your shoes off every time you enter the classroom. You shared the space with local bugs, insects, bees, and biodiversity surrounding you. You rode a bus to school powered by used vegetable oil. The curriculum was built around the natural world surrounding you. You got to take up action projects to save the planet, whether protecting local reefs, or buidling roads out of hardened volcanic ash.  These are daily experiences for students at the Green School Bali. And Science, Math and Regeneration Middle School Learning Experience Designer (Teacher) Kenny Peavy ..read more
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Empowering our SEN Learners w/ Ail Durban and Tamaryn Yatu
Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner
by Kyle Wagner
2M ago
How do we EMPOWER our SEN learners?  What if by accomodating for their unique needs, we were able to create a more student-centered environment for ALL learners?  Provided alternative methods of assessment. Allowed for hands-on projects. Built learning around common themes. Emphasized life skills as much as academic ones.  That's exactly what Co-Founders Ali Durban and Tamaryn Yatu have assembled at Gesher School; a through way school for children from ages 4-16 with mild to moderate needs. In this episode, we learn as student-centered practitioners: How to design and build mor ..read more
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Cultivating Creativity in Classrooms
Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner
by Kyle Wagner
3M ago
How do we cultivate and unleash student creativity in our classrooms? Right now it's happening on the peripheries. In makerspaces, STEM projects, electives, and arts/music/drama classes. But how do we make creativity a core part of day to day learning? Building opportunities for students to tinker, build, create, and problem solve on a daily basis in ALL classrooms? In this short episode, Adam Hill, STEM consultant and creativity guru teaches us how to achieve this through a few simple shifts in mindset and learning design.  We learn: How to transform existing units to be more hands-on H ..read more
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How to EMPOWER Adolescent Learners
Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner
by Kyle Wagner
4M ago
How do we EMPOWER adolescent learners?  Anyone who works with this age group, knows that they have a unique set of needs. Adolescent learners have unique needs for increased social connections, purpose, autonomy, ownership, and real-world purpose and pursuits beyond the walls of the classroom.  As student-centered adolescent educators, how do we design experiences and environments that allow for these? In this short podcast interview, expert adolescent educator and Montessori guide Julien Lamorte teaches us how to:  Build adolescent learning experiences around 4 key 'bricks' or ..read more
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Building a Student-Centered Program: Connect Academy
Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner
by Kyle Wagner
6M ago
What if you could re-imagine schooling to be student-centered? Build from the ground up?  That's what Connect Academy did when it was given carte blanche to re-imagine schooling for students in the Poway District.  It re-imagined: How we organize learning experiences, by making them interdisciplinary, and community focused.   How we organize learners, by making classes mixed grade level, and inclusive of all abilities.  How we organize the school day, by creating extended blocks of time, and project-based opportunities.  How we CONNECT students, by connecting them mean ..read more
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Effectively EXHIBITING Student Work: 5 Things to Consider
Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner
by Kyle Wagner
7M ago
How are you finishing off the semester before Winter Break?  While many classrooms finish with final exams, as learner-centered practitioners, we understand that it's far more POWERFUL to let our students share their learning.  Public Exhibitions are one of the best ways to do this.  Exhibitions provide the perfect platform for learners to share their learning journeys, artifacts/products and work they developed along the way, and the transformations they experienced as a result.  How, as learner-centered practitioners, do we ensure our exhibitions provide this opportunity ..read more
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Designing INCLUSIVE Learning Experiences that empower 'Exceptional Learners'
Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner
by Kyle Wagner
7M ago
How do we better include learners and learning profiles often left behind in traditional settings? What if we could custom-fit learning experiences around their unique strengths, gifts, capabilities and needs? What if understanding the brain's intracacies and high yield therapeutic approaches helped us support and empower them in the learning process?   In this episode, Cheryl, Founder and Acting Head of Cajal Academy addresses these questions in context of a program tailor-made for what she calls 'exceptional learners.' All learners, year 1-12 have analytical/reasoning/creative thinking ..read more
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How to Co-Design Experiences with Learners
Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner
by Kyle Wagner
8M ago
How much voice and ownership do you provide students in their learning journey?  I understand the fears the fears of inviting too much input:  What if students go in a direction I can’t support? Steer too far away from mandated curriculum? Decide on projects and products I’ve never developed myself? And so oftentimes we keep learning experiences locked in a tightly sealed, ‘teacher-centred box.’ But what happens when we open up that box? Provide some basic parameters and frameworks, but invite students to help choose how to fill it? What might student engagement and empowerment look ..read more
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