How making a mess is essential to learning

If school is about learning, it can not be about clean or about quiet.

I’m not saying there aren’t times when every child will need quiet — to think, to read by themselves, to imagine, to rest — but learning, on the whole, is a noisy, messy process.

As I’ve walked our schools in this first month of the new year I have loved watching and hearing deep, engaged, learning in action.

Rainy day recess ^

From kindergartners splashing in the mud on a rainy day — cause and effect, the water cycle, land formation, and fun — to middle school kids challenging software and breaking it apart, to high school kids designing… we are honoring childhood and adolescence and building lifelong learners

What does your school look like? Sound like?

High School Library ^

Elementary storytelling and physics ^

Figuring it out ^

Middle School Library ^

Making ^

Cooking the rock cycle ^

Developing ^

Investigating ^

Starting the day right ^

  • Ira Socol

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

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