What does Exploratory learning look like?

The Choice Theory Culture:

  • Is an expected way of being or living
  • Encourages positive choices which lead to healthy relationships
  • Is relationship based and collaborative
  • Is not about controlling behavior, rather promoting personal responsibility

Multi-age Instruction Is:

  • Differentiated learning based on universal concepts and essential learning
  • Differentiated according to student needs and data
  • Accesses state standards as a guide and district curriculum as teaching tools
  • Not two preparations for two different grades in every subject

Multiple Intelligence Instruction Is:

  • Purposeful and connected to key learning
  • Not paperwork oriented (but paperwork can be part of the MI instruction)
  • Not extra activities

Project-Based Learning Is:

  • Is based on students' natural curiosity and desire to learn
  • Is standards based and process based
  • Implores all 21st Century Skills including self-direction and independence
  • Not an add-on or fluff

Conceptual-Based Units Are:

  • Whole-classroom "project based" learning centered on universal concepts
  • Based on state standards, student interests and needs
  • Usually centered around science &/or social studies concepts
  • Not a favorite unit on 'trees'

Exploratory Learning Is:

  • Inquiry based
  • Constructed by the learner and facilitated by the teacher
  • Interactive or experience based (like field trips)
  • Sometimes messy and noisy
  • Not chaotic or aimless

Exploratory Learning:

  • Intertwines universal concepts, state standards, and the district curriculum
  • Expects teachers, students, and parents to employ 21st Century Skills
  • Uses data to drive instruction
  • Differentiates for student needs and interests
  • Develops compassionate, responsible, independent and productive citizens.

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