Students working their way through a well defined continuum of learning using their passions to create a path and choose how they will demonstrate their understanding of the learning. Applied learning opportunities include:
- inquiry based in driving questions or problems
- choice in learning process (input, process, output)
- learning put to use, not simply tested
- reflection on learning
We do have some teams working within a specific schedule model which includes Applied Learning. While each of these teams approaches Applied Learning in a way that makes sense for their learning community, they all have these common schedule elements:
- Numeracy Workshop
- Literacy Workshop
- Applied Learning
When these three elements are present, a team is working in the W2AL model: two workshops and one Applied Learning. Learners practice and gain skills in Numeray and Literacy workshops, then apply those skills with content (Science, Social Studies, Art, Healt, etc) through seminars and projects in Applied Learning. All three of these elements, working together, are needed to have a W2AL team such as Richmond Middle, Marcia Buker 4-5, and the Dresden k-2 and 3-5 teams. One way to think about it is to compare W2AL to the water molecule H20.
Just like Applied Learning, any of the workshop methods can be happening in any class or any school. All three of these things on their own are fantastic and the kind of instruction we want to see in RSU2. Together these instructional methods create a very special learner centered proficiency based environment: W2AL. Oxygen and Hydrogen on their own are great and occur everywhere.
Together they make something even better: water.