Components of a "K" knowledge based classroom: In addition to the components of the "C" classroom, the knowledge based classroom adds these:
- Personalized Learning Goals: the students take the learning targets of the teacher and develops them with their own interests and learning styles in mind, in order to create a more meaningful learning environment.
- PLG in Mr. Laurance's art classroom: can take many forms: Content: students study art history, critical theory and the art of other cultures, but how that investigation takes shape is up to them once they have a foundation of vocabulary and analysis; Outcomes: students have a wide array of choices in how they demonstrate their learning in terms of platforms, media, and products.
- Students take ownership of their learning and outcome products through in depth, project based learning.
- Project based learning encourages a deep investigation into topics which are selected by individual students and small groups.
- Rubric based inquiry allows students to take responsibility for their own learning and outcome assessments. Rubrics in Mr. Laurance's class are process oriented, assessing how students work and learn even more than what they learn or produce.
- We move beyond the brick and mortar school, with interviews of artists, public art officials, museum directors, friends and families. One of Mr. Laurance's goals is to bridge the value gap between student's cultural contexts at home and with friends, and the values promoted in the classroom. In order to do this two projects involve interviews of family and friends, which then inform the creative process in the classroom.