There’s a gradual push toward getting students up off their butts. Yea, that’s better. Moving on. (Get it? Moving? Is this thing on?)
This gradual push has been seen by such well-worn topics as Flipped Classrooms, Project-Based Learning, and basically figuring out ways to make education more immersive. The staid lecture is gone. I wrote a comment on Scott McLeod’s post earlier this week basically saying that if I have to sit through another lecture, it’ll be too soon. Long story short, I’m not alone.
That’s why I was so happy to see a fabulous Twitter chat happening where a few teachers were discussing how they got their students out of their seats and used an enrichment center to let off some steam, continue to learn, etc. Fabulous idea.
How Enrichment Centers Could Work
So what does @johntspencer do to get his students up and learning? He simply offers opportunities for students to express themselves, pursue creative projects, and basically keep their mind humming. I could see it working sort of like Google’s well-known 80/20 time. Give students a creative outlet so they’re not just sitting around waiting for others to finish something. It’s more than an art class. It’s a place for students to go at their leisure and let their creativity flourish anytime.
This ‘Movement Toward Movement (#mtmchat on Twitter perhaps?)’ should hopefully catch fire in other aspects of education as well. By trying to make more projects, discussions, and group collaborations more active, students can literally get their creative juices flowing even better. Who knows where it will lead? For example, let’s say one classroom’s enrichment center has a record player, tape recordings, painting supplies, and other random tools used to create things. If one student picks up a paintbrush and starts drawing… then another adds his or her touches to the drawing… then another student sings about the drawing… then another student puts it all together in a video… you’ve got collaboration and a wonderful project that the students actually loved to create. You know they loved creating it simply because you never even asked them to do it. What could be better than spontaneous creativity and innovation?
Weigh In On Enrichment Centers
How do you see enrichment centers working? Do you use one (or more) in your classroom? Weigh in down in the comments or on the Edudemic Facebook page anytime!