A Picture Story: Schools with Child Created Context

Speedchange.at.medium

I watched children in 4 of our 26 schools today, and it filled me with… well, a real belief that we are doing the right things…

Image for post
Image for post

A middle school library in action.

Image for post
Image for post

A middle school student explains the student built cafeteria treehouses to visitors

Image for post
Image for post

Third, fourth, and fifth graders in our multiage space play with electricity — the learning was stunning with virtually no apparent instruction.

Image for post
Image for post

An electric motor becomes a paintbrush.

Image for post
Image for post

Fascination

Image for post
Image for post

It’s getting very hot.

Image for post
Image for post

Meanwhile other kids plan out a build of a Greek Column

Image for post
Image for post

Realizing the base is a real challenge

Image for post
Image for post

While another crew starts at the top

Image for post
Image for post

And others animate a biography of Abraham Lincoln

Image for post
Image for post

Meanwhile — the kindergarten think tank is in full swing

Image for post
Image for post

This is NOT an Eva Moskovitz school

Image for post
Image for post

At another middle school and computer is built from scratch

Image for post
Image for post

Engineering design comes to life

Image for post
Image for post

And kids create all kinds of stuff

Image for post
Image for post

Seventh graders write about who they are…

Image for post
Image for post

…with words or art…

Image for post
Image for post

…and share and support.

Image for post
Image for post

Thankfully, at the end of the day I find chocolate dipped Oreos…

Image for post
Image for post

We’re not where we need to be yet, but we try every day in the Albemarle County Public Schools to do what’s right for kids. And it is a joy to see.

  • Ira Socol

Written by

Author, Dreamer, Educator: A life in service - NYPD, EMS, disabilities/UDL specialist, tech and innovation leader for education. Co-author of Timeless Learning

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store