No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
A Boston area innovation studio for middle and high school students is bucking the traditional school model for what students love best: hands-on learning.

 

NuVu is a full-time magnet innovation center for middle and high school students. NuVu’s pedagogy is based on the architectural Studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary, collaborative projects. We basically teach students how to navigate the messiness of the creative process, from inception to completion.

No Courses: Instead, we have studios. Around 12 kids work closely with their 2 coaches on solving big (and small) open-ended problems.

No Subjects: Instead, everything is fused together. Students find themselves moving between a studio that requires them to design a telepresence robot to another that requires them to re-imagine Boston with a cable car system.

No Classrooms: Instead, we have an open space that changes all the time to adapt to the needs of every studio.

No One-Hour Schedule: Instead, students spend two weeks from 9-3 solving one problem.

No Grades: Instead, we have portfolios that document students’ design decisions and show their final products.


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto