A friend of mine who works in education in Australia (and was actually my 11th grade English teacher) recently forwarded me this fascinating clip from a recent Ted Talk. The talk is about the “Studio School”, a new kind of school in the United Kingdom where “small teams of kids learn by working on projects.”
The key slide in this video showed the actual results: the students who were previously uninterested or unengaged in school had jumped up to the top quartile in achievement results after two years in the program.
I wonder what group and project-based learning would look like in secondary schools in the United States. Perhaps like the Academies that are run by Metro Nashville Public Schools? Are there other good examples of “for real” learning?