Carlos Moreno, C.E.O. of Big Picture Learning, addresses the importance of using student success as a launching pad for project based learning.
[MUSIC PLAYING] We often go into schools, and we always find bright spots, right. We find a classroom within a much larger and chaotic and crazy environment where there’s total joy. There’s total hands on learning. There is great modeling of powerful student teacher adult young person relationships that transcend whatever else is happening across the larger school.
And those are the places that we want to start with, right. Yes, we need to address all these other pieces around the fabric of the school and the culture, but we always find bright spots. We find a very involved and dedicated number of community partners that engage actively with a school, right, who are committed, who want to do more to support learning and see the relevance and connections to what students ideally are learning in school to the outside world to different professions. So we always want to build on those.
It’s kind of the approach we take with our young people, right. We want to start from a place of student strengths, not immediately trying to assess their weaknesses or their challenges or what they can’t do. We’ve become obsessed with trying to figure out what young people can’t do or how poorly schools are performing. So allow young people to demonstrate and really creative ways, whether it’s through presentations of learning, whether it’s through student-led conferences, whether it is through exhibitions but different ways where students can demonstrate and show what they’ve learned. But let’s start from a place of success and strengths.