The Ottumwa Courier

Education

October 12, 2013

Real-world learning

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In fact, they said, why have the trophies hidden away? Why not get them out front, Rachford said, so that as soon as visitors enter the school, they see the trophies.

Little also talked about the idea of consulting fellow students to see what they want. Not only can that honor the opinions of their fellow students, but decision-makers may appreciate the idea that this wasn't just what five or six people decided for everyone else.

But to do that feedback justice, Harrington decided, they needed to get that input at the beginning, before all decisions had been made.

Jesse McClaughlin, another Cardinal pupil, warned his fellow team members they'd have to get moving if they wanted students to receive the message between classes: Their "advisory period" would end at 11:52 a.m. It was 11:05. Student Ellen Peters quickly put together a single survey question: If kids could change one thing about their school lounge area, what would it be?

There'd be time to tally those later. Before the first answer came in, the students were onto their next task.

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