Studio 5 is designed to remove some of the structural barriers to a self-directed learning environment.
Barrier #1 – The traditional “Homeroom”
Traditionally, students are placed into a Homeroom “box” and will remain in that box for the whole academic year. We believe this limits students’ ability to be self-directed learners by:
- being taught language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and personal/social education by the same teacher all year and not having the chance to be taught by different teachers with different strengths, talents and personalities.
- learning all subject areas with the same homeroom – the same peers – all year and getting little or no chance to collaborate with students in other classes.
- having their friendships and working relationships determined by being in the same homeroom simply because they spend all of their time in there.
- limiting social-emotional connections to just one teacher.
To see how Studio 5 is re-imagining homerooms, click here.
Barrier #2 – The Schedule
Partly out of necessity and partly out of habit, schools segment learning into small chunks of time, called “periods”. We believe this limits students’ ability to be self-directed learners by:
- perpetuating a system in which time is 100% teacher-managed. Students have little to no input in the design of schedules.
- perpetuating a culture in which students are “complying” with the timetable rather than helping to create it.
- limiting opportunities for teaching and learning to be responsive, flexible and based on needs and context.
- “locking in” students and teachers to their homerooms and creating boundaries that make collaboration more difficult.
To see how Studio 5 is re-imagining schedules, click here.