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What If: August Recap

What If - August

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Another month of What If? questions has passed. This month we were interested in co-authorship, repurposing buildings and whole child approaches. We loved the answers we saw, but would like to hear from even more of you!

Here are a few of the questions we asked over the last month:

What if every learner could co-author their learning journey?

We have become super interested in the idea of co-authoring ever since the AASA Report of this year. Check out why students should coauthor learning experiences and, while you’re at it, take look at some coauthoring resources.

What if school buildings were leveraged as community centers or career centers after hours?

What if tools could make it easier to frame issues, host conversations & craft agreements?

This question was inspired by our recent exploration of 20 Invention Opportunities in Learning & Development.

What if all learning was framed as social-emotional?

This question was contributed by our friends at Socrates Head of School from their distillation on All Learning is Social and Emotional.

What if every high school grad had already experienced success in work?

Thanks for following along with these questions! Please let us know which ones stuck out to you and which ones you’re still thinking about AND be sure to sign up for the newsletter so you can catch all the questions.

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The Getting Smart Staff believes in learning out loud and always being an advocate for things that we are excited about. As a result, we write a lot. Do you have a story we should cover? Email [email protected]

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1 Comment

Kathryn Abdallah
9/3/2021

What if all students were allowed to show their learning in a way that makes sense to them?

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