If you would’ve asked someone 10 years ago what sitting in a classroom looked like, textbooks with a pencil and paper. In today’s world, reading out of a textbook is becoming a thing of the past.
Schools across the country are beginning to realize that having a kid sit and listen to a teacher for 40 minutes a day isn’t what they really need to succeed in their future and the College Community School District realizes that. The future of students is a wide variety of jobs. However, they all share some of the same skills and knowledge such as collaboration, speaking, working in the community and applying knowledge to something real world.
Of course the students still take their normal math, science, social studies and English courses but these may allow for more flexibility for the teachers and the students. For example, CCSD is implementing Personalized Learning for their all their students by 2024. A step in that direction is implementing Blended Learning. Blended Learning is where the learner, whether that is a teacher or student, controls how they learn and how quickly they learn. Options include learning some online with some interaction or more interaction and less online depending on their preferences. For more on Blended Learning in the district, read this article.
Something else the district is doing is allowing students at Prairie Delta, a program for an alternative high school at Prairie to work on projects which interest them but still give them credit.
More students are doing that through Iowa BIG. Iowa BIG is an initiative-based high school experience created by the community-building effort of The Gazette Companies and The Cedar Rapids Community School District. This program allows students to complete traditional high school credits through projects they choose and care about while diving deeper into the community that they live in.
All of these opportunities can further a student’s education while preparing them to go out into the workforce.
As for now, high schoolers and their teachers are exploring their options in how they learn or teach based on today’s technology.
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