The SOLE and Sugata Mitra's Experiment




This year I am expanding the use of the SOLE in my classroom.  Last year I did one.  This year I am planning on doing at least one per quarter.  The students usually struggle with this at first because it is hard and is not like anything they have had to do before.  I also had to make some packets of information to help them get started because I don't always have access to the laptops in our school.  I will let you all know how this goes.

Last year the kids really enjoyed working in this fashion.  I do have one group that seems to not understand that I am not going to stand over top of them the entire period and they just sat there, with a few slowly getting into it.  I am already getting the complaints that it is to hard, but with some encouragement with options as to what they might be able to do to organize their thoughts.  I had another child today tell me she loves just sitting there listening to the teacher talk.  They are pushing back because I am pushing their boundaries and their skills.  It is working.          

We are going to be doing a SOLE (Self Organized Learning Environment) activity that will help students make their own pathways to the events of the early formation of the United States.  I challenge all of the tens of thousands who read my blog daily (HA HA!  I know.  I have delusions of grandeur!) to give one of these a try.  Here is where you can download a toolkit that will help you get started.  It really is a cool thing to watch the children do.  http://www.ted.com/pages/sole_toolkit  

Here is a video that chronicles Mr. Mitra's findings:

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