Will Richardson advocates that students can do authentic, meaningful work as early as Kindergarten if they are given the opportunity.
This blog post is an excerpt of his new TED book entitled, Why School: How education must change when learning and information are everywhere. This dovetails with our call to action to design tasks for audiences well beyond the scope of the classroom both to measure and motivate student learning.
“So what if we were to say that, starting this year, even with our children in K– 5, at least half of the time they spend on schoolwork must be on stuff that can’t end up in a folder we put away? That the reason they’re doing their schoolwork isn’t just for a grade or for it to be pinned up in the hallway? It should be because their work is something they create on their own, or with others, that has real value in the real world.
“I’m not even necessarily talking about doing something with technology. (Let’s face it, though: Paper is a 20th-century staple that has severely limited potential, compared to digital spaces.) There’s lots of creating our kids can do with traditional tools that can serve a real audience. Publishing books, putting on plays, and doing community service are just a few examples.”