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The Foxfire Fund, Inc.
"Foxfire (The Foxfire Fund, Inc.) is a not-for-profit, educational and literary organization based in Rabun County, Georgia. Founded in 1966, Foxfire's learner-centered, community-based educational approach is advocated through both a regional demonstration site (The Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center) grounded in the Southern Appalachian culture that gave rise to Foxfire, and a national program of teacher training and support (the Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning) that promotes a sense of place and appreciation of local people, community, and culture as essential educational tools."

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october 2010 by robertogreco
Living | Foxfire Education -- An Unorthodox, Self-Directed Method Of Learning Has Been Motivating Students For 25 Years | Seattle Times Newspaper
"By the time they reach ninth grade, they're bored to death and most stay in school only because their parents make them, or because they've been convinced that this bitter pill must be swallowed if they want to get a decent job. . . . It's just dues you pay to avoid a blue-collar future." - Eliot Wigginton in "Foxfire: 25 Years"

"You guys are basically going to teach yourselves. I'm only going to be here to advise you," is about what the teacher said.

"Coe was espousing pure "Foxfire" - an unorthodox, self-directed, hands-on way of learning. A traditional teacher for 22 years, she adopted the Foxfire Approach last year after taking a summer course taught by its founder, Eliot Wigginton."
eliotwigginton  foxfire  education  self-directedlearning  teaching  learning  unschooling  deschooling  constructivism  tcsnmy  lcproject  handson  handsonlearning 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Foxfire (magazine) - Wikipedia ["began as a quarterly American magazine written and published by students at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, a secondary education institution located in the U.S. state of Georgia, since 1966"]
"Despite a series of setbacks involving founder Wigginton during the 1990's, Foxfire continues to train educators in its constructivist methods, which supposes that students must construct meaning for themselves, rather than having to simply memorize information a teacher deems important. In essence, Foxfire and other constructivist approaches to teaching say that by constructing their own meaning, establishing relationships, and seeing the connection of what they do in the classroom to "the real world," students are better able to learn. As a result of shifting tides in the educational system, Rabun County High School no longer classifies the Foxfire class as an English class, but rather as a business class, and students are no longer as involved at the museum as they once were."
foxfire  constructivism  learning  teaching  magazines  tcsnmy  publishing  education  schools  eliotwigginton  unschooling  deschooling 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Foxfire School - Core Practices
"1. The work teachers & learners do together is infused from beginning w/ learner choice, design, & revision…central focus of work grows out of learner's interests & concerns… 2. The role of teacher is…facilitator & collaborator… 3. The academic integrity of work teachers & learners do together is clear. Mandated skills & learning expectations are identified to the class. Through collaborative planning & implementation, students engage & accomplish mandates… 4. The work is characterized by active learning… 5. Peer teaching, small group work, & teamwork are consistent features of classroom activities… 6. Connections btwn classroom work, surrounding communities, & world beyond community are clear… 7. There is an audience beyond the teacher for learner work… 8. New activities spiral gracefully out of the old… 9. Imagination & creativity are encouraged in the completion of learning activities… 10. Reflection is an essential activity that takes place at key points throughout work…"
foxfire  education  schools  tcsnmy  lcproject  teaching  learning  learner-centered  student-centered  reflection  process  teacherasmasterlearner  teacherascollaborator  unschooling  deschooling  eliotwigginton 
october 2010 by robertogreco

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