Jim Walters, one of the most creative, thoughtful and fun teachers I’ve ever met, has been teaching in Dearborn, MI for 28 years. He says this has been the best beginning of the year ever, and that he feels like he did when he first started out! Excited! Energized! Curious! Thrilled!
It’s the studios. Jim says that it’s not the content of the studios so much as the concept of them. “It’s the mindset of studios that has made me rethink my role in the classroom. The mindset shift in my teaching is freeing. I’ve been the leader of the show. Now, I’m the guiding hand of students creating their own show. I always wanted to do that, but never had the path and time to think it through. The kids take more charge of their learning, and I have so much evidence that they are learning.”
Jim is starting to write his own studios now. First he explored a speech piece from Spotlight on Music: Way Down South Where Bananas Grow, and his latest e-mail had a set of FOUR studios to accompany Grade 2, Auditory Lesson 1!!! It’s the best beginning ever!
Jim, be proud. You are the second recipient of a discretionary medal for imaginative application of the Total Learning model – thinking outside the box!