THE EDCORPS CLASSROOM
Something happens when you launch an EdCorps in your classroom. An EdCorps, or Education Corporation, is what you get when you teach your curriculum through entrepreneurship. Any grade, any subject can harness the real, relevant learning that follows when you bring student-run entrepreneurship to your classroom. In this how-to guide, Chris Aviles tells you how he accidentally stumbled into the world of student-run businesses, and how you can use them to provide authentic learning to your students.
Chris Aviles is a teacher at Knollwood middle school in the Fair Haven school district in Fair Haven, New Jersey. There he runs the renowned Fair Haven Innovates program he created in 2015. Chris is also a recovering high school English teacher. Before coming to Fair Haven, Chris taught Sophomore English for ten years. Six years into his career, Chris decided he was done with the traditional model of school and it was time to shake things up. Chris stopped whole class instruction and started blending. To further engage and motivate his kids, Chris turned his classroom into a videogame with Gamification, Game-Based Learning, and introduced yearlong Alternate Reality games. Finally, Chris introduced Passion-Based Learning through his Be About It Project, a focus on communities of practice, and Bengal Buzz – a student-run news show that gave students a voice in the story of their school.