This summer I interviewed a number of Philadelphia public school teachers and kids for a series of audio slideshows that were featured at Need in Deed‘s September Teacher Soirée. Drove all over the city. Didn’t surprise me to hear the same message consistently: student-driven problem solving surpasses drill and kill learning every time. You can look at pie charts and analyze test data and . . . you can ask kids what they got out of a richly conceived, yearlong service-learning project. Want to hear the difference? Just listen to their enthusiasm!
You can hear teachers talk about their experience, as well. To underscore the points they made, we found research that supports the value of learning grounded in student voice. Makes for a more compelling story.