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Are You Smarter Than A Sixth Grader?

Are You Smarter Than A Sixth Grader?

In December, we featured a book review of Ron Berger’s book “An Ethic of Excellence,” in which he frequently impresses clients and teachers around the world with his portfolio of student work. One such project was embedded within a Learning Expedition - a deep thematic, interdisciplinary study - centered on Architecture.

The particular project entails students creating a realistic fictional person, along with visual portrait of that person, and written descriptions - physical, personality, career, family and life history descriptions, as well as graphic artifacts from their lives. They also custom design a home for that person, as if they were a fictional client, in standard residential scale (quarter-inch), within a budget constrained by career and square foot prices. The blueprints go through multiple drafts (four at a minimum, though six to eight is more common), with critique between most drafts by guest experts. Experts include professional architects who visit the class for critique.

The images seen here are all done by sixth grade students. The young architects are Joey Greenspan (Image 1), Ivy Olcott (Image 2), and Hannah Tuominen (Image 3).


January 8th, 2009

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