National Writing Project

Rural Solutions to Rural Problems

Date: August 11, 2011

Summary: Through an array of site practices, programs, and partnerships, NWP sites provide teachers with opportunities to explore the strengths and challenges that define rural education in America. This episode features what NWP has learned from its member sites about teaching and learning in rural schools.

 

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Place-based teaching focuses on asking the student to learn within the local community of the child, so the classroom curriculum is driven by a need to define, study, and seek solutions to challenges that are found in the local community, not necessarily what's in a textbook. The deep-down underneath skills are the same that you would have in the textbook, but rather than be driven by a textbook or program, it's driven by what they're finding there in their own homes. And in that way, the community becomes the starting point for cross-curricular instruction.

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