If you ask individuals if they like to learn new things, the common reply is “yes!” However, if you ask the same group if they liked school, the answers may diverge and involve stories about their specific school-based experiences. Eastern Carver County Schools continue to change the paradigm of school and think about how learning experiences can be engaging and relevant for each student. “Purposeful Learning” is the pillar of personalized learning that helps ensure that learning is meaningful to the student and carries a framework for success beyond the classroom.
Teachers and mentors in Eastern Carver County Schools approach learning as something we do with students, rather that something we do to them. Teachers and students often co-design learning experiences and pathways that ensure relevance and meaning. Learners have opportunities to make responsible choices to contextualize and show evidence of their learning. Given opportunities to co-design, learning is indeed enjoyable and purposeful.