“Clubhouse youth are given lots of freedom and choice. One participant explained why he liked the Clubhouse more than school: “There’s no one breathing down your neck here.” But with this freedom come high standards and high expectations. Clubhouse staff and mentors do not simply dole out praise to improve the self-esteem of the youth. They treat youth more like colleagues, giving them genuine feedback, and pushing them to consider new possibilities.”
This long quote resonate with me, as I try to teach students to be proactive in the learning, and empower them to guide their own learning experience, I think about what is the trade off. How as an educator can I measure that they are using drive and perseverance to create their project. It is only by expecting high performance, raising the bar. Make them get used to that with freedom you get a lot of responsibility and you have to try to be your best and raise above.
I have couple of students (11 yo) who are push the limits of their freedom, by finishing their project quickly so they can play games on Scratch. So, these students are my TA. I give them special assignments, high level assignments, to explain to the class. They raise to the challenge each time, reluctantly and timid. but after their little presentation they feel proud of their knowledge and they apply start using the new concepts.