Kids Are Questioners
We start young, working with teachers and students K-6. Our work encourages kids to learn through inquiry, to grow to become life long learners – active, engaged citizens.
When kids take charge of their learning, teachers innovate in their classrooms. We're developing tools and strategies to open up channels (and keep them open) to encourage inquiry.
Much of the time we find the students and the teacher have the right answers, we just need to help them raise the right questions.
The Learning Wall, a huge pin-able, writable black canvas helps focus the class on an essential question related to the curriculum. The students and teachers co create this canvas, often spontaneously over the course of months. We provide coaching to teachers once the wall is up.
Kids' Council. When kids relate peer-to-peer they affect learning. But the popular girl who 'vibes out' students can inhibit kids from speaking up. So we created Kids' Council to hear from all the kids. Any student can run for 1 of the 6 offices on the council in their classroom. We put together Democracy in a Box has all the components needed to run a successful election and set up a Kids' Council.
In addition, products from the Lab Shop are used including My Future Self and Imagine the Future MindLibs are tools designed to get kids thinking and questioning.
Kids have flexible brains
By helping kids cultivate grit and navigation skills at an early age, we help them approach critical problems with confidence and agility. And when we help the teacher shift her role to trusted illuminator, the student becomes his/her own teacher.
Our rapid prototyping strategy lets us test our tools in schools, in real time. All of our work follows an iterative process. We believe we should not fear failure that "Failure is the best teacher: Success is the best reward."