JENNY FLAUMENHAFT (FULBRIGHT THAILAND ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHER)
MICROADVENTURES: STUDENT-EMPOWERED LANGUAGE LEARNING : CURRICULUM AND MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT
Microadventures were developed by a team of undergraduate students, teachers, and researchers set out to develop a student-empowered approach to curricular reform. Microadventures begin by asking every student to complete the following sentence: “Someday I would like to…,” indicating one activity they hope to experience at school before summer recess. The goal of microadventures is to reimagine the classroom as a space to promote student voice and agency using self-directed, hands-on learning projects. Our team built a curriculum based on students’ desire for more movement, time outdoors, and time together. After completing a thesis evaluating the ways microadventures improved the school climate for students in a high poverty, rural setting in the United States, I set out to bring microadventures to Thailand. This presentation (or workshop) is dedicated to discovering and utilizing microadventures as an English Language Teaching platform.
Fulbright Scholar, Jenny Flaumenhaft graduated Colby College, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta with Honors in English and Education. Jenny completed an Honors Thesis on microadventures: student-directed, outdoor learning projects that engage students in curricular reform in under-resourced US rural schools. She published “Student-Empowered curricular change” in Phi Delta Kappan.