Flatten Your MiddleSchool: Whose got the vision?

From Audrey Hill, a Grade 7 teacher with 100-150 students has asked for some mentoring in creating her own flat classroom style project for this grade level.  We This is her vision:

“I am interested in creating a flat classroom style project that researches and collaborates on different issues. I want to use “flatness” to research, discuss, debate, express and inform on various meaningful issues that affect our world… I dont' have a list of issues yet, because I'd like to interact with other teachers in my cluster to help to develop their awareness of topical issues of the day and also work with them to get some ideas from them about issues that they are interested in (with some controls from me, since they often choose high interest/low value issues related to their favorite celebrities, etc)… My students are diverse in every way possible which gives me the ability to give them very advanced work and requires me to give some of them less challenging assignments. Issues that I have in mind include: sustainability, health care, NCLB, violence in video games and movies, dress codes, constitutional issues (freedom of speech, search and seizure) etc. The goal would be to pair groups of students up from other states or other countries to work on, research, debate and create product related to their issues, as with the FlatClassroom.

I would love any help I can get in creating this program and finding partners. “

She has created a wiki at http://www.citizenworks.pbwiki.com/ and invites you to join in if you would like to do this.

This is grassroots, don't wait for a formal invitation.  Also, we are having discussions about this sort of thing at the Ning for those who want to flatten their classrooms and get some advice from others who've done the same http://flatclassroompresents.ning.com.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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