Where do I begin?
I’ll start with Authentic Learning.
My understanding of this is it’s an opportunity to utilize a variety of skills and talents to create something magnificent. To have a rich experience filled with challenges and obstacles that allows you to use your strengths and possibly develop a certain skill set to solve problems. To be able to design something you are passionate about and then share that with a larger community.
An authentic learning experience brings people together and gives them a chance to synergize and create something more wonderful than they could have done alone. It is collaborative, yet there is an understanding and a call for creative autonomy within an interdependent situation.
Authentic learning experiences requires a plethora of effective personal characteristics that if used well, leave those involved with a sense of great satisfaction and accomplishment and inspires others.
Does such learning even exist? If so, where?
Well my friends, I am here to tell you Authentic Learning does exist and it can happen on a stage.
We have just finished our second annual musical performance, Pirates of the Curry Bean, with about 60 elementary students from K-5. It was a monumental undertaking that brought our entire community together.
I humbly witnessed the depth and breadth of talent that the parents of our school community brought with them to this production in order to give the students this authentic learning experience.
I was so deeply touched and moved while watching our young students day in and day out step up to the challenges that a full production like this offered. Kids are quite amazing and can accomplish so much when appropriately challenged and given the support to succeed.
I am grateful to have been a part of this musical production and to have witnessed this amazing authentic learning experience in action.
From bended knee, I thank thee.