Posted on June 29, 2014
The Lego box is a metaphor for the summer program. Imagine the experience of the children and faculty in this context and space. We bring new and returning students together, and they must quickly form a learning community in a matter of days (compared to the academic year when community building develops slowly with the affordance of time). Cooperation is expected the first day, and more deliberate collaborative skills (really working together in the capacity of problem-solving) are developed with consistent teacher and group support. As we conclude the third week of summer school, there is an acceleration of building and creating together, fitting together the "pieces" of our thinking and questions about learning into artifacts of learning -- drafts of stories, mathematical solutions, robot cars that are digitally programmed, baseball playing, canvas bags, improvisational skits, dancing, paintings, clay work, science experiments, speaking sentence patterns in Mandarin. There will be more evidence of learning as we dive deep into the two remaining weeks of summer school. Just wait and see what the children have investigated, created, and imagined in five short weeks!