During the fourth phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders roll up their sleeves and try
out their ideas. They reflect, and try again, and
again, and again.
In order to engage empathy for community, John assigned his students a "Humans of Fern Creek" project similar to Humans of New York. They found students around the building to photograph and interview in order to capture the stories of the people within the school community. They are making websites to display and share the stories.
John restructured the class using a Layered Curriculum, so students could work independently and have choice in what assignments that completed and when they completed them. The projects centered around the work they had been doing in the
During the third phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders dig down into their Take-Aways
from the Discover phase and create challenge
questions that will drive their project direction
and begin to brainstorm ideas for
During the second phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders shadow and interview students
to better understand their visions from the student perspective.
During the first phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders consider possibilities for approaching deeper learning in their classroom by rethinking their
practice and reimagining a new future vision
for their work.
Check out this video of John discussing his Core Why for teaching his content and his Vision for his project this year.
John is teaching English and a new course called Agripublishing. He has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University, and during the summer he is working on a Masters in English at the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont. John is a former farmer in his second year of teaching, and he hopes to connect students to the larger environmental and social context of food and justice through digital technology and work in the school garden.