This Opinion piece by Adam Grant in the NY times is well worth reading.
He says that our brightest most talented students may excel in their chosen fields but it is those who have had freedom to explore, create and bend the rules that will make new advances in knowledge.
So what does this mean for the classroom and for Discovery Time learning?
It means that:
- students need broad boundaries and a regard for others rather than firm rules and regulations
- Students need opportunities to explore widely and find their own passions rather than following a teacher’s prescribed activities.
- exploration, trial and error is more important than the end product.
- we need to acknowledge and encourage different ways thinking and doing.
- students need time and guidance to reflect deeply on their learning.
“You can’t program a child to become creative. Try to engineer a certain kind of success, and the best you’ll get is an ambitious robot. If you want your children to bring original ideas into the world, you need to let them pursue their passions, not yours.”