We recently completed a SWOT analysis on our self-directed learning initiative (AMPed) that we implemented this year for our secondary students (grades 6 -12). The middle school staff had many interesting comments about the first half of implementing AMPed with their advisory students. We took their written comments and applied them to Wordle to calculate and see the which words were mentioned multiple times. The larger the word, the more times it was mentioned in each analysis.
Major points to take away from this analysis:
Our self-directed learning initiative is here to stay! You will not find one word that says that this initiative needs to be removed or that it’s a waste of time. In fact, we need to find a way to give more time for our students to work on their AMPed projects. So we are looking at scheduling and how this could make a huge impact on the initiative as well as provide other opportunities for our students.