While researching student and school safety data, I came across this great blog site, The Whole Child Blog.
My work with The Badge Guys on School Safety presents fantastic information for minimizing the risk of victimization.
I want to share this article with you. It’s too important not to.
School Safety: Ideas for Project-Based Learning
February 28, 2013
by Andrew Miller
Creating a safe and supportive learning environment is a critical to a whole child approach to education. Usually when we reflect and work on implementing the Whole Child Tenets in our schools, we forgot one critical component in making them manifest: the students.
Students are as important as actors in creating a safe school as teachers. They can be actors in helping to create a safe learning environment, and project-based learning (PBL) projects can be a way in which we harness that service and target learning in the content areas.
Here are some project ideas I have done, or have seen other school educators create.
School Norms: Often we create norms for students, or co-create them at the beginning of the year. However, you can take this up a notch and have a class or even a grade level create school norms where they address the needs of all stakeholders, including other students, parents, teachers, and even community members.
Here students engage in in-depth research for an authentic reason, and engage in revision and reflection to make sure the norms cre