Innovation Days

Schools which recognise there is a need to provide learners with more variation and personalisation but at the same time recognise that their methods of assessing what works and what does not are not yet robust enough to drive through reform.  This combination normally results in providing students with free choices in the hope that the majority will make useful and valuable choices (students as ‘natural learners’) or they feel that it is necessary for learners and teachers to build up their skills of being able to choose appropriately even if some curriculum time is wasted through poor choices initially (skills develop through experience)

Case Study 1talks at ISTE 2012 about how they introduced INNOVATION DAYS.  See his presentation here. The school suspend normal practice for a day and students choose…

  • R – Who they work with – Yes
  • E – Where they work – Unclear from the information given
  • O – What they work on – Yes
  • R – What they use – Yes.  An example is given of a child chooseing to do art all day presumably using resources provided for this purpose
  • D – Empowered – The majority of schooling has not yet changed and there is no evidence that this has begun to impact on the work outside of the Innovation days
  • E – Pace – Yes, the students are expected to present what they have done but there is no set targetting of amount required
  • R – Recognition – Yes.  Students have the opportunity to present to their peers at the end of the day.  An example is given of a student performing their composition to the whole year group.
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