Students Take Active Role in Classroom Through Innovative Designs for Education

Students Take Active Role in Classroom Through Innovative Designs for Education


[MUSIC] IDE is the innovative designs for
education which encourages teachers to think more broadly about their
curriculum and to engage in more project-based learning with students
where students actually take an active role in the classroom. Currently we’re
working on a project where students are designing a TED talk about friendship
and their reading cicero’s de Amma katiya and they are engaging in learning
about what the ancient world thought about friendship and how we can connect
that to our modern understanding of friendship. Part of the process in IDE is
providing structure for students as they create these projects so students have
choice and voice and agency in what they are and how they are learning the work
that we are doing. Especially in the math classroom students really are learning from a felt need. We rarely hear now “where am I going to see this?” “how am I
going to learn this?” because the students are given a task and through real-world
applications see how often this mathematics applied to real life. The new
furnitures definitely created more of a student centered environment I’m working
in small groups and students have a lot more time to collaborate together. Through our activity list students get to choose whether they want to work on
an independent project, whether they want to work with a partner or with a small
group so the furniture allows students a lot of choice if they want to work
independently oftentimes they go back to the high top tables. If they want to work
with a group the tables that are on wheels allow for flexibility. They can
pull two tables together for a large group. I like the idea method because
with the activity list we get to have a little freedom and we also get to do fun
stuff after we finish the things in the textbook and answering questions and we
also do a packet. We might watch a video and take notes but then we get to do fun
things like making a rap or a song about what we learned and I also like the
activity list because Mrs. Gibb, you know, who is my social studies teacher,
she comes around and asks us how we’re doing and
if we know everything and if you have any questions you can just feel free to
ask her. Students are collaborating more often what I’m using IDE. It allows me to
work more closely with students and I get an idea of what they need and how I
can push them and they’re able to find their own ways to learn. Well we recently
worked on was a cam toy project whereby the students were tasked with designing
out a small toy for an elementary school student where the objective was for them
to learn about toy design toy safety client specifications and requirements.
The IDE platform has provided a series of very concrete tools outlining a
better pathway to success. These tools have helped me identify
strengths and weaknesses within existing projects and also designed new projects
and it’s made this pathway clearer just for myself and for the students so
they’re starting from a beginner through two weeks mastering a skill let’s put
that by way of these tools put it right in front of them. I love IDE because in my classroom we have an activity list which means we
pretty much have an agenda so some days we’ll get to decide on working on maybe
something on the computer and something on a sheet of paper which I love to do
in groups. I love IDE because of all the freedom we have to learn and all the
resources we get from the computers and textbooks and we work in groups all the
friends if we don’t know something they help us with anything we have trouble
with. We’re very pleased that we were able to bring in IDE ,the innovative
designs for education, into the Bronxville school. We feel the IDE
structures fit very well with the Bronxville promise as we seek to engage
our students in their world in their future as we try to have our students
think more critically and globally, be able to solve problems that they’ll be
have to solve in the future. We think the IED model works very well for us
and allows students to develop their executive function skills that they will
need to be successful. Things like time management, responsibility, a grit,
perseverance, we know those are important skills for our students and we think the IDE
model fits very well with us. [MUSIC]

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