The Elementary Years:
The Project Approach in
the Key School Setting
About two years after Frames of mind was published, I was scheduled to give a talk near my place of birth in Scranton, Pennsylvania.Shortly before my voyage to northeastern Pennsylvania, I received a phone call from a teacher in Indianapolis, who said that she and some of her fellow teachers had read Frames of mind and wanted to speak with me about some of the ideas expressed therein. Was I available for a meeting in Kutztown?
Unbeknownst to me, a group of eight teachers from the Indianapolis Public Schools drove for fourteen hours in order to have a relatively brief meeting with me in Kutztown.At that prophetic meeting they showed me a videotape that they had recently completed, and indicated to me that they were interested in starting their own K-6 elementary school, inspired in part by the ideas of MI theory.I was as surprised as I was delighted.
While I was becoming increasingly interested in educational applications of the theory, it had never dawned on me that someone might take these ideas so seriously as actually to plan a school based upon them. I told the "Indianapolis 8" quite frankly that I would be happy to help them but that I knew little about schools. "You are the school people," I insisted, and "it will have to be your school."
Few groups of teachers can have worked harder than did the "Indianapolis 8" over the next two years.Under the guidance of the