There were a number of statements that struck me throughout my time at HTH. Instead of writing a long paragraph about each one, I will list them below:
"Less adult talk and more student talk and exploration."
"Students own the walls." - meaning that their work is everywhere.
"Where in the project is there a place for kids to show voice and choice (dream and surprise)."
"We need to think about what to keep out of our schools (i.e. what is holding us back?)."
"There are multiple grades throughout the project rather than grading the final product."
"Think - Build - Do"
"We need to blur the lines between school and community, classrooms, content areas, and abilities."
"Let kids make connections to the adult world (real world)."
"With freedom comes responsibility."
"Projects are the curriculum."
"Let go of control to gain more control."
"Allow for multiple entry points into the project."
"It's not about being perfect, but reflective and transparent."
Personalization - Common Intellectual Mission - Presentation of Learning - Adult world connections
You can learn more about the project at Ms. Stacey Lopaz's digital portfolio HERE. The video is a "must watch!" Ms. Lopaz is one of the teachers who facilitated the project. I would encourage you contacting her if you are interested in such an idea.
You can learn more about High Tech Elementary - Chula Vista HERE.
You can also view our visit on YouTube by clicking on the pictures to the right. One of our tasks was to create a short presentation about what we learned while we were here. I have to give Mrs. Hethcox credit for creating the presentation using PowToon. You can see this presentation by clicking on the picture to the right.