Nothing frustrates students more than mastering a concept and then being given more of the same work to do. Once students master the learning for the day, what they do next will either kill their passion for learning or inspire them to learn at higher levels than ever before. As educators our job is to create real learning that transforms mundane busy-work into purpose-driven learning.
From Mundane to Meaning“Meaning drives motivation for any learner.” (Ferriter. P 3). In Bill Ferriter’s book, “CreatingPurpose-Driven Experiences” (CLICK HERE), he illustrates how authentic learning experiences push kids far beyond the limits of a traditional curriculum. But more than that he illustrates that “succeeding at meaningful work depends on mastering competencies that modern employers are looking for”. That means that the 4 C’s must be embedded in our students' work: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.
In Ferriter’s class, his students extend their learning by using project-based learning (PBL) as tool for doing meaningful work that matters beyond the classroom. In his classroom, he leverages the 4 C’s to create PBLs that have real-world connection, academic rigor, structured collaboration, student-driven environment, and multi-faceted assessments. In other words, the work that his students do is a learning/service project that serves a two-fold purpose: helping people glocally while helping students individually.