What happens at The Mead School when students come up with the idea to develop a collection of stories to be shared with the community? Well, the planned curriculum is paused for a bit, and the teacher allows things to form organically, because she knows that there are valuable lessons to be learned in the students' commitment to this process! Click "Read More" below to read the students' remarkable work, and to watch an interview about their thoughtful process!
A beautiful work of literature and wonderful lessons in collaboration have resulted from a project that was developed by students in Joy Lenters' Emerald and Lapis LA classes. Students each wrote a story in the style of a book they had read in class titled, Home of the Brave. Not only did the students write their stories, they fully and passionately collaborated to compile their stories into one Google Doc. Along the way, they learned that each person needed to have a distinct role in the process. They learned that communication was of utmost importance; there needed to be consistent font and spacing style throughout the document. An index would be helpful for parents to "get right to their child's work". Beautiful cover art was developed. Challenges were presented and overcome. Together.
Joanne Costello, Assistant Head of School, and Jeannette Baxendale, Director of Marketing, were invited to interview the students for this project. A link to that interview is below. What is not shown in the interview is our observation of the project within the context of Mead's Seven School Skills:
To Imagine: A vision took hold among the group, inspired by a book that they had read, as well as a desire to share stories with the greater community. This vision came to life in a collaborative decision to create something special together.
To Think: To collaborate on this level, there was a critical amount of detailed thinking shared to compile a plan that would bring success. Each student had a contributing role in this plan, but each also contributed to resolving challenges that were met along the way.
To Express: Each student not only expressed themselves creatively with respect to their individual works of writing, but each also had a voice in how the project would take shape.
To Act: Once students decided that this was a collaborative effort that they were serious about, they asked Joy for her support so that they could see this project through. Roles were determined among the group based on strengths, and the work of pulling stories together took place.
To Respect: Students quickly realized the importance of communicating with each other before making global document changes that would affect each other's work. There was the consideration of others and a dedication to developing the best presentation for all of the stories.
CLICK HERE for the PDF of the book.
CLICK HERE for a link to the class interview.