I’ve created a syllabus of sorts to help myself learn everything I want to learn about education (well, a lot of what I want to learn). My ultimate goal is to start a school, and I want to use the next year to create a massive binder that will help guide the structure, curriculum, and teaching/learning of the school (I have a separate syllabus to help me figure out the logistics of actually starting a school).
I’ve got a different topic for every month, as well as particular outcomes and the learning experiences that align with the outcomes.
Here’s what is tentatively on the docket for January:
Starting with the End in Mind: The
- Curricular approaches
- Vision statements
- Vision statement (e.g., “Our graduates…”)
- Plan for measuring ultimate success (i.e., assessment plan at a macro-level)
- Guiding Principles document (i.e., how the school will be structured) & one-page summary
- Blog posts that summarize my learning
- Review everything I’ve learned list in journal
- Book: History of public schooling
- Research Vision Statements/Guiding Principles
- Book: Pedagogy of the Oppressed
- Books: Dewey
- Read New Standards
- Books: Habits of Mind series
- Research international approaches to education
- Research open schools movement
- Book: Summerhill
- Research Regio Amelio
- Research Waldorf
- Books: Montessori
- Observe at
- Revisit notes about how to frame progressive education
- Observe at Banks Street
- Research community schools movement
- Observe at HSPA
- and Jenn Dewhirst: Staying in touch with alumni
- Book: E.D. Hirsh
- Do the topics and sub-topics seem effective? Would you revise them in any way–big or small? Are there others that I’m missing?
- Do the outcomes seem effective? Would you revise them in any way–big or small? Are there others that I’m missing?
- Do the learning experiences seem effective? Would you revise them in any way–big or small? Are there others that I’m missing?