The more I have been reading about SOLE (Self-Organized Learning Environments) the more I starting to realize that in a pull out program like the one I run it may be the best fit.
Child Driven Learning is:
- Self Organized
- Motivated by peer-interest
- Fueled by adult encouragement and admiration
The basic parameters of a SOLE are the following:
- Children can choose their own groups of around 4 members
- Children can change groups at any time
- Children can look to see what other groups are doing and take that information back to their own group
- Children can move around freely
- Children are encouraged to talk and discuss with other groups
- Children have the opportunity to share out what they learned in their friends in their groups and from other groups.
Here is a short video on how to set this up:
I will be experimenting with this concept over the school year. I am hoping that it is successful with the group of students that I have. I will start with my 5th and 6th grade students to see how this works with them. I will be sharing back over the next several weeks to explain what is going on.
I believe this is a great way for gifted students to work together, and learn from each other. I want my students to feel that they have a great control and direction of their learning. I will start by giving them some direction, and see where this takes us.
This is an exciting aspect of teaching a pull out program. Wish me luck!