33 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
• We’re discouraging kids from selecting a project that cannot be done
primarily in an available school workspace. This year, during SML time,
we will not have access to a gymnasium, an art room, or a culinary
• We’re making a learning specialist available to help with those students
who continue to struggle to engage in or sustain a project.
Questions we’re still asking ourselves for the future:
• Should we extend this project to grade 6 to be able to include specials
teachers and more diverse learning spaces for kids?
• Should the project and/or the focus of the project look different in
grades 6, 7, 8? If so, how?
“In our rapidly changing world, it has become a moral imperative to
help students become passionate lifelong learners, help them ‘learn
how to learn,’ and empower them to change the world as they go.”
- Oliver Schinkten
We’re passionate and committed educators dedicated to enriching our kids.
In some ways, their SML project is an SML project for us. We continue to
read, to watch, to learn, to fail, to reflect, and then we try something new to
meet the needs of our students.