The Iowa Falls-Alden High School student center was a menagerie of creativity Monday afternoon. Videos, display boards, musical instruments and quilts told the story of this year’s J-Term, a seven-day outside-the-box class blitz earlier this month.
J-Term was implemented at the school in 2018. Then-principal Tony Neumann described it as “trying to teach kids how to learn something on their own.” For seven days, students take different kinds of classes that follow the principles of project-based learning. The students often lead the classes – coming up with ideas for things they’d like to learn, and pursuing them with guidance from staff.