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Love of Learning
As Part of Operation Pirate STEAMship, Love of Learning (see link for photos
allows you the student to direct your own learning:
You decide the topic
You decide the process
You decide how to exhibit your innovation, design, creation, and research during a Science fair-type showcase where you will view what others are working on and demonstrate, defend and discuss your personal STEAM project with classmates, teachers, STEAM professionals and the larger community at that time.
Love of Learning is based on the successes of the Educational applications of free design-time like the IBM program that yielded the Post-it note and Google's 20% project and is a precursor to your 10th grade IB Personal Project and your 12th grade senior exit graduation project.
Love of Learning gives you a chance to sail in your OWN direction to design and or make something unique, either your own invention, or an improvement upon an existing one. You will have the freedom and time to work on what interests you with teachers as your mentors and facilitators, not as directors.
This product itself is not graded in order to free you from the pressure of thinking that you must succeed at the endeavor you choose and to keep the focus on the learning and growing. Feel free to try to save the world or cure cancer, but also remember there is no such thing as a topic that is too trivial or un-scholarly. Anything you are interested can relate to STEAM and you can learn big things from seemingly innocuous diversions. Speaking of diversions, we do expect you to stay focused, which may be difficult when things inevitably get tough and messy.
More Information and Details
Here are some students debriefing their projects. Note that many of them "failed" at what they tried, but in doing so, "succeeded" at learning and growing!
We expect you to take risk, to learn, to hone your presentation skills, and to grow in creativity and in scientific thinking
Here are samples of the types of rubrics we will use to assess your work as a pilot of your own learning :
Here are more rubrics at Joy Kirr's LiveBinder Site
Ideas and more info
I am Lisa Gurthie the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary, holistic education, and unschooling school to make it more real and relevant. One day I will modernize my "about" page. Check out the other blogs on this site for Lesson Ideas, Celebration of Good Teaching, and Piedmont PD