In Spark Projects, students choose a learning goal or project to study and implement over a period of time. The project allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn. Many of the students choose to do a service project or a public display as part of their learning.
With autonomy, students are encouraged to seek out their own topics, create their own timelines, research their own products and complete them. In short, students are learning to learn through diverse projects. We have had students learn to juggle and ride a unicycle, design and sew their own clothing, study a foreign language, research historical topics, and more.
One of our students created a fashion show for women in a shelter, donating the clothes to the women for job interviews. For this Julia was recognized by the Children’s Museum as a Power of Children Emerging Leader. Follow this link to see her extraordinary results!