On Sunday I had the privilege of hosting #txeduchat. The topic was “Results Only Learning Environment” based on the book ROLE Reversal by Mark Barnes (@markbarnes19).
Some may wonder why I have become so interested in this approach. I have posted about my observation of ROLE at Coppell Middle School East. I have further examined the idea of student driven learning and creating an autonomous learning environment. My last post “What is a #growthmindset?” explains the connections that have occurred from the reading, conversations and professional learning opportunities I have had in the past few months.
All of this learning has me wondering… no inspired…. hmmm, no, more like fired up. Yes! Fired up.
I learn and lose sleep in my passion for learning. I gain great satisfaction and contentment when I set a goal, and even though it is a challenge, through perseverance reach that goal. Why would I not want the same experience for my students and teachers? A joy for learning, if you will, well defined in @shareski’s presentation, “Whatever Happened to Joy.”
Yet, we continue to try to take some of the pieces of student-driven learning theory and retro-fit them to an antiquated grading systems and one-size-fits all curriculum. Instead of completely renovating from the ground up.
Every day I learn more about the ROLE approach. I want to bring it to classrooms in my district, as I have never seen students transform into self-driven learners with such authenticity as I have with ROLE. This approach seems to be made to stick.
There are a few parameters with a true ROLE classroom… no homework and no grades. Teaching must follow the workshop model approach and discipline is not an issue.
Intrigued? So were those that joined me when I hosted the #txeduchat on ROLE.
The following is a snapshot of the Tweets and links that were shared.
@markbarnes19 blog post on Homework
Example of Student Rubric for peer/self evaluation by Charles Cooper @thrasymachus
Sedbury School links: http://leewaysudburyschool.org/testimonials
There was a real sense of urgency for change. Many wanted to know how.
Suggestions and inspiration were shared.
For integration and becoming paperless:
Teacher’s Throwing Out Grades FB group sponsored by Mark Barnes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachersthrowingoutgrades/
As well as the upcoming book chat on ROLE Reversal by Mark Barnes. Anyone is welcome to join #suummerROLE if you are wanting to revolutionize education. July 29th we will be discussing chapters 1 and 2.
I am ready to revolutionize education. I am eager to put in motion ROLE. I look forward to continued conversations about student-driven learning that fosters joy and autonomy. If you still need some convincing I leave you with this:
Link to #txeduchat archive for July 13, 2014: