CBMS- MGI Mission Statement

Focus Statement for our work at the MGI, and in year #1, with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education: In year #1 of our partnership with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, CBMS staff will analyze and re-design the CBMS learning environment, with the goal of supporting an increase in personalized learning and meaningful pursuits for our students. We will be aiming to create a learning environment which allows our students to engage in learning that incorporates interests, questions and concerns about issues of personal and social significance in a democratic society. This work will begin in the Middle Grades Institute in June, where we will run a jigsaw approach towards exploring this lofty goal. Small groups will focus on:
*The utilization of time- how can the CBMS daily schedule change to better allow us to meet this goal?
*The roll-out of Personal Learning Plans @ CBMS- what needs to happen for these plans to quickly become a cornerstone of personalization?
*1:1 environment @ CBMS- what can this look like, and how do we get there?
Student Empowerment and Student Voice- how can these be ramped up @ CBMS?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Literacy-Specific PLPs

I am hoping to use my Action Research to create something similar to a PLP but specific to literacy for students that have a hard time engaging in reading and comprehension and with the goal of, ideally, instilling intrinsic motivation within them with the knowledge that they are capable of improving their literacy skills themselves. I would like to help them identify their own areas to work on in reading and comprehension, set goals in those areas, lay out steps to achieve those goals, and then reflect on their own progress throughout the year.

I would like to use some of Don Taylor's resources to structure this as well as find some of my own to help students assemble this literacy plan. I will start with a handful of struggling readers this coming year.

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