Schools are changing, the industrial revolution has past and we are looking at the disruption to society of the digital revolution. This has been the one thing that has finally shaken education out of its sleepy hollow. Suddenly, teaching methods that we have used for centuries are no longer cutting it with the digital natives we are teaching. Future jobs are not suited to the students leaving school, we don't have to think about changing the way we teach, we simply have to change.
Never before has the gap between what we currently have in our learning environment and the skills we actually need in the workforce been so obvious.- World Economic Forum 2015
Our Senior Team leader asked me about about what would you do to the middle school to make it relevant for the students. I suggest many things, but two key points were. Ignite the passion of the students, with relational, relevant and real-life learning. Two, give them their own passion project that they could use STEM skills to create and the time to do it. So a student might love fashion and work out how the industry can use design tools to achieve quicker production of an item. The choices are endless as the imagination of the students are.
Now I have been given the job of being the Middle School Team Leader and bringing those thoughts into fruition. Our team has to think about the structure of the STEM classroom, and about the checks and balances for each student's Passion project. This is going to be a journey :)