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

Response to Preparing Students to Learn Without Us

  • What kind of PD is necessary for teachers to gain the “totally different skill set” (p. 24) that is required to facilitate a personalized learning environment?
  • How do your goals fit into “personalized learning” vs. “personal learning” (p. 25)?

I believe the necessary PD for teachers to gain the "totally different skill set" includes a commitment to more curriculum centered around having teachers act as a "guide on the side" rather than a "sage on the stage". Teachers need help developing their skills as valuable resources to a wide range of students working simultaneously on different projects. If we could access PD around developing skill sets that were meaningful and student driven we could develop more personalized learning through project based learning.

My goal is for students to work on individual projects that are meaningful and personal to their learning needs and passions. A curriculum that is project based and allow students to choose their research is the best way to foster meaningful learning.


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  2. Interesting thought about curriculum...at a WWSU-wide Tech meeting we looked at the Transferable Skills and it was discussed how this opens up what curriculum is covered and how. You mentioned the Education Quality Standards earlier today. This is an interesting way to look at curriculum from the perspective of Act 77.
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