GUERILLA EDUCATORS IS DEDICATED TO REALTIME EDUCATIONAL BEST PRACTICES IN ACTION. WE ARE A GLOBAL LEADER IN THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF EFFECTIVE PROJECT BASED LEARNING ON THE FRONTLINES IN AND OUT OF CLASSROOMS. WE ALSO CONNECT EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES PLANNERS WITH THE TEACHERS/LEARNERS WHO USE THOSE SPACES.
Project-based Service Learning is an approach to
Education and Curriculum that makes learning “come alive” for students by
using specific program frameworks for creating essential questions, doing
original research, presenting findings and taking action on issues that matter
to the larger community. When this model is applied to High
Performance sustainable schools (and the facilities themselves), the results
are spectacular: the buildings function at their peak, and student achievement
improves, not just as a result of passive design features, but as a result of
their engagement with the systems and functions of the
By combining education facilities designed as “energy
& sustainable textbooks” to support and advance these principles beyond
books and sedentary technology with Project Based Service Learning programs,
we can rigorously meet student’s civic, psychological and educational
needs. The student-centered Service Learning model explores
the high performance architectural environment of existing, as well as new
learning spaces to discover what our built world is and imagine what it can
Service Learning projects focused on High Performance
architecture/planning/design include (but are not restricted to) student
projects from the Alliance to Save Energy’s “Green Schools” program, the EPA’s
“Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools” programs and the American Institute of
Architect’s “Architecture in Education” programs. These projects are
“Toolboxes” for creating joyful learning spaces out of existing
classrooms. Such student connected projects also give architects and
school facility planners the tools to create better designed High
Performance educational facilities.
Learning for all of us, but especially for children,
is all about “Connections”. Good, wholesome, caring
parents, teachers and a community result in children who grow up to have the
same characteristics. For various reasons not to be argued
here, the forums our schools have become over this past century, have become
not only the Knowledge Centers of our culture, but also the emotional, social
and even moral centers for our children.
We all need “good examples” for each of us to do our
jobs better. First we learn from each other as mentors (and
in Architecture, from the work of others). Then we try to
attain our own expertise and identity of expression. Finally some of us become creators of “new visions” for the future that
others emulate. The Field of Education itself has these
same needs for “good examples” as do planners & architects for Educational
Facilities. John Sole and Guerilla Educators are
leading-edge representatives/examples in their field who have special gifts
beyond what they bring to education. They are able to
“Vision” and “CONNECT” to our field of the Design of Educational
Facilities. They are “Project Based Service Learning Master
Teachers” to Students and their Teachers about Universal Truths that “Connect”
each student to each other and to the world they live in and will ultimately
Early one morning, I came into my 4th grade classroom to start the day. As usual, I checked on the classroom pets, Iggy first. As I looked inside Iggy's cage, a cold chill enveloped me. Iggy was gone! He had somehow gotten out of his cage and was roaming free in the school, a 5 foot green dragon on the loose. After my panic subsided, I went searching for the iguana. I knew that if he could be found before school started (and the attendant chaos the iguana would cause roaming the halls crowded with students, like Godzilla in Tokyo) Iggy would be rather easy to return to my classroom. From years of experience, we knew that when it is dark, Iggy becomes as inert as a piece of wood. After a good deal of searching, I found Iggy in a dark nook outside of the 3rd grade classroom, oblivious to his surroundings. I carefully lifted Iggy and brought him back to the classroom, neither of us any the worse for wear. Iggy is a Mexican green iguana. Below, is a video of Iggy's wild Caribbean relatives, the black footed blue iguana, in their natural habitat on the beautiful island of Little Cayman...
This video depicts 3rd and 4th graders conducting alternative energy projects focused on solar applications. It is a compilation of 2 projects done in cooperation with the Alliance to Save Energy'sGreen Schools program in which students designed and built solar powered model cars and solar powered battery rechargers. Take a look...
These sustainable energy projects were terrific methods of teaching curriculum and standards in a most unconventional way. Look for more Green Schools related videos in future blog entries.