Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
Action Step -Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.
Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
What does collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities in a student centered learning environment look like?
This week at GEMS, Mr. Ward’s science classes demonstrated what this kind of learning looks like in action, using two different experiments that the middle school students are conducting. Students are learning and demonstrating the scientific method and experimental design.
In the first project of the year, students researched and tested various recipes to make giant bubbles.
The students had to design the experiment, craft their bubble wands, and then evaluate the outcomes to decide which bubbles were best. The class also enjoyed a lot of fun outdoors (a flexible learning environment!) seeing how different bubble solutions produced vastly different results.