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  • Monica Snellings

    Revecca,

    You are welcome! We know this won't be an overnight effort but we are in it for the long haul. We have one track of research that asks kids to imagine the future. We hope to report back in early December what we find out.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Monica- I love the work you're doing. It's so interesting to rethink education from the citizen framework. Do kids come up with projects they want to do in the classroom? I love it when students can be a part of creating a curriculum.

    • Monica Snellings

      Alessandra,

      The teacher will present an area of exploration appropriate for the grade. The kids will then formulate questions and drive their inquiry through research using all kinds of resources. (I think librarians can play an important role in this initiative.) Sometimes kids will explore on their own but most likely together in small groups. It's my hope that kids will take as many different approaches as there are kids! 

      As a student it will be your challenge to communicate in meaningful ways what you have discovered and learned. That's where the projects and creativity could really come in. Not dates and dry facts but the WHY. What are the consequences and the connections to today? To you? To our country? To the world?

      Within the social studies lie the stories that make relevant your place and your role in the world. That’s why this is so important. 

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Great that there's research involved. Let us know if you need librarians to connect with. Perhaps we can help out in some way.

  • Monica Snellings

    Brandon,

    Thanks for your contribution. Love the idea of Big History! It's really worth exploring for applications in the classroom.

  • Sharoz Makarechi

    Fernando! Living testament that it's critical not to underestimate a kid's ability to learn based on interest and intrigue and to think critically, from the start... and of course to leverage the power of story at every turn. What now? Smiles.

  • Brandon Peele

    This is so great! I'm a believer in rooting education in narrative awareness and metaphorical intelligence, where students (and all people) can continually expand their identity and role in the community/sovereign/ecology/cosmos, and find meaning wherever it lies. I think social studies in particular sits at the center of this, as it on one hand teaches multi-perspective facts, and opens doors to participation in these amazing geopolitical, social justice and cosmic narratives. What's missing most, I believe is the cosmic or Big History (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_History) narrative. Teaching social studies or history without the first 195k years of human history or the 13.8B years of cosmic history is like thinking you can only cook a meal with the utensils you find in the silverware drawer. There's a cosmic kitchen/pantry to explore! Most importantly, the cultural context and political will necessary to solve our atmospheric problems (inequality, disease, oppression, ecocide, etc.) requires this elevated context or "Overview Effect", wherein we conceive of our planetary home holistically. I think bringing kids into non-fiction and fictional space narratives is a huge part of this cultural shift.