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?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Preparing Students to Learn Without Us Response

  1. The kind of PD necessary to gain the skillset mentioned in the article is one that involves not only teachers and facilitators that have prior knowledge and experience, but students of all ranges of achievement that have gone through the process. The PD should also not only be on specific “PD days,” but having the aforementioned experts and students in the classroom facilitating the creation of not only the PLPs themselves, but the process of retooling students’ brains to shift towards this new style of learning.

      2. Not being a “goal oriented” person, I would say personal learning is the one that more jibes with how I view things in general. I want to do what I want to do if I feel like doing it. However, I often need some direction from those who have earned the right to be experts, which I would guess lends to personalized learning. 

1 comment:

  1. The idea of experienced students and experts in the classrooms working on this notion of personalization and what this is like in school is right on. I wonder if there are students from our in house pilot groups who would be up for this? If not, then maybe Montpelier Middle School or elsewhere. Can Tarrant help with the facilitation/logistics of this?