The paradigm shift to creating student-driven classrooms.
No amount of strategies presented to teachers will improve instruction without a shift in teachers’ belief systems. For example, teachers can be taught to utilize a variety of differentiation strategies; but unless the teachers truly believe that it is their responsibility and within their capacity to ensure that all students succeed, those strategies will fail.
Raising academic rigor, actively engaging students in learning, and building greater student responsibility for learning are worthy goals. At IDE Corp., we accomplish these goals through the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™. As described in Students Taking Charge, students engage in real-world problems that provide a “felt need” for building curricular skills and concepts. They learn independently and collaboratively with classroom colleagues and others around the world. They use technology seamlessly as a tool for learning. They manage projects, set goals, assess progress, identify resources for learning, and more.
IDE Corp. has at its core ten principles of successful classrooms:
- Learning From a Felt Need
- High Academic Standards
- Higher-Order, Open-Ended Problem-Solving
- Student Responsibility for Learning
- Connected Learning
- Individual Learning Paths
- High Social Capital
- Technology Infusion
- Global Citizenship
VIDEO: Take a look inside South Orangetown, NY Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms to see how problem-based learning engages students and builds creative and critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills.