Sunday, April 01, 2012

Authentic Learning

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.

12 comments:

  1. Paul Sanna1:21 PM

    “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
    ― Albert Einstein

    I also have to salute the parents and volunteers who supported the kids through this authentic experience.

    What I was thinking this week is that musical, visual and performance arts give a voice to the individual - a language not of words - but of allowing us to say and communicate things that are impossible to communciate otherwise.

    Literacy is reading and writing, AND literacy is the intuitive expression of our thoughts and ideas and emotions through music, art and dance. Einstein said that his math and science and life journey came from music and intuition.

    It is the communciation necessary for a shared experience - it builds our culture and our shared values. What we've experienced is that art and music and dance are so much more than a "special" to be exposed to 40 minutes every other day. It is rather an ESSENTIAL way that we communicate and express and explore and participate and connect.

    Intuitive art, creativity, imagination - the gateway to science and even (arguably), the essence of our democracy - nice job guys! I'm proud my own children see the critical nature of artistic literacy, and I'm proud to be involved with a community who holds these shared values -

    I found this related article:
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1272/is_n2604_v124/ai_17582599/?tag=content;col1

    And for those with an extra 15 minutes in their life, you have got to watch this Charlie Rose interview - a coming movie about the choreographer Pina Bausch, watch the first 2 minutes of the trailer at least - amazing!
    http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12248

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