Traditional classes or grade levels are divided into sections. Subject teachers are allocated to each section. Each section operates in isolation to the other. What if all sections took the expository parts (lectures and demos) together, then broke up into smaller groups based on level and progress? This would enable far greater learning possibilities.
What if the lecture was taken as part of homework in a flipped classroom manner? What if all the subject teachers of the class/grade spent individualized time with specific groups, giving issues personal attention?
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I recently read that Finland has moved away from classrooms and students are required to work in total project mode. Solve real- life problems and learn as they go. Again Viplav the issue of scale is the challenge. How are these learning trends going to impact populous states like SA, India etc?
I think Finland has then mastered the problem statement on scale – how to scale learning interactions, conversational density and increased metacognition in order to achieve better outcomes? Everywhere else we are talking scale in terms of numbers and diversity.
That aside, since numbers are really important too, perhaps we should scale down the size and reach of each “school”, and in parallel, increase quality of teachers (just a weak generalization but let us say these were the only two parameters). Basically, what if each “school” was nothing but a set of distributed and federated small-size high interaction-density classrooms (that is the next what-if :)) – school owners would work with these individual micro-schools and devise mechanisms to control quality and whole-school interaction. Each micro-school would require less space and resources, but greater management skill. Like I think what AltSchool is trying to do?