Day 38 (of 185) thinking about place based learning via @perfinker & @Getting_Smart
Earlier this year I was asked/challenged by @perfinker to give a think on a share by @Getting_Smart on place-based learning: http://gettingsmart.com/2016/10/guidelines-for-assessment-of-place-based-learning/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Getting_Smart&utm_content=Guidelines%20for%20Assessment%20of%20Place-Based%20Learning
And the timing is great (to me) as I have seen the increased use of eportfolios enabling educators to spend more time on authentic Learning opportunities (for individuals) rather than “one size fits all classroom members” tasks.
I really appreciate how the article highlights that elements of place based learning are similar to many of the competencies – great to do/share/show, but harder to provide a % or letter grade for. And indeed leads to the question “does it/everything (anything) need a grade? Or is it possible that learning for the sake of learning is often better than learning to get a score? Even more so, how do you “measure” learnings that you may not have anticipated or planned for? I can hear the discussion – it’s amazing that you learned that ____ happens, but I’m only reporting your achievement based on if you learned _____. It’s a discussion that needs to be flipped. Focus on the authentic Learning.
In fact, the key query is: What do you do? How do you assess your students in ways that acknowledge the emotional and imaginative core of ecological understanding?
Because school and learning needs to be more than “how did you do on the test” or wondering “will this be on the test”?
As we focus on elements such as Place Based Learning, we start focusing on individual growth and needs (allowing us to actually focus on other elements like mental wellness) and less on how students are performing on tasks compared to others who just happen to be in the same classroom. Or outside the classroom.
Gillian’s article made me think. Made me reflect. And what I thought was going to be a quick blog response….took a bit longer….as all good questions should require: time.
Glad for the share!