Recently, we invited senior students involved in project-based learning (PBL) to address a meeting of our principals. A daunting task for anyone but these three students were able to clearly and honestly reflect on their learning experiences.
It was an important wake-up call to hear from today’s learners who could just as well have been from any school in Australia.
Their message to leaders of learning:
- Involve students in the planning
- Learning must be challenging and worthwhile (relevant)
- Ensure opportunities to share and celebrate their work with others
- Don’t think copying and re-copying material is good learning
It’s a pretty powerful message and reason why we need to change our learning paradigm. It was also interesting that they did not see technology as the rule but a tool to engage in deep learning.