Just after our EdTech Summit in October, I thought to myself I really want to develop a project that helps students to find and share their voice. I spend a lot of time asking questions about our education system and relaying the answers from those questions to interested parties. I use up a lot of energy pursuing student success in an almost reactionary manner. I respond to questions from parents and students and seek clarification from the system on their behalf all the time. But it has been a while since I’ve created an opportunity for students to do that on their own.
Every time I encounter Will Gourley, I’m blown away by his enthusiasm for elevating student-centered learning. At last year’s Summit, I signed up for TED-Ed lesson development, and I am a bit embarrassed to say I never followed through with it. So after this year’s summit, I knew it was time to commit. I’m going to get a TED-Ed club in motion this year.
The biggest challenge that I will encounter in getting this project off of the ground will be that I’m trying to get the project going with a school that I don’t teach in. The program that I teach in is on the property of a larger school, but my program is considered a separate school altogether. The only way that this will work will be if I can get some staff members on the inside to help me out. I’m going to try to connect with some instructors in the high school and hopefully with their assistance will be able to run with this club together.
I can’t say that I’ve never heard of a teacher from one school running a club at another school. Most times clubs sports activities within the school are always facilitated by the staff in house. But my hope is because this type of club has never existed before, I’ll get a few different parties buying in.