Parents tend to crave the kind of learning that feels familiar to them – especially when it comes to “science.” A recent conversation with a parent best describes why at Wonder, our science learning comes in the form of quests with real world problems to solve rather than textbooks and written tests.
It’s too easy to zap the love of writing out of children’s souls with assignments focused on structure and grammar topped off with red marks on eraser-worn paper. That is why Wonder turns the traditional method of teaching writing upside down. We believe love of writing comes first. Then comes the appreciation for grammar.
We are a competency-based learning environment that measures mastery through badges. Wonders work until they master their learning goals, and only then do they progress to the next level. This is contrary to the public school system, where students can progress through each grade with a "passing score" and still graduate.
How do you teach science in the 21st century? If you want to inspire children to change the world through discoveries, inventions and innovations, our belief is that you don’t “teach” science at all.
Wonders don’t spend hours (or even minutes) memorizing timelines or facts. Instead, they discuss whether or not they would have signed the Declaration of Independence and why. And, whether it was a mistake to give up negotiations with the king of England. And, finally, whether that moment was one of the most influential ones in history.