How making a mess is essential to learning

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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What does your school look like? Sound like?

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High School Library ^

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Elementary storytelling and physics ^

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Figuring it out ^

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Middle School Library ^

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Making ^

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Cooking the rock cycle ^

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Developing ^

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Investigating ^

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Starting the day right ^

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  • Ira Socol

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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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