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

Thanks! and some concerns, thoughts...

I am still concerned -- even after all of our discussions - that kids will not feel that their learning will be authentic learning, unless much of the work is done in core and AA classes.

Also, I like the schedule change, and I was thinking that a lot of kids really like to go to the Art Room to just chill out and let their brains process all that they have learned by drawing, etc.  (Yes, I know that some are working on long term projects).  Again, my concern is that we are "making" kids find a goal, yada, yada, when they could be making a horror movie, or not.  ???

Victoria Taylor Smith
Language Arts Teacher, Titan Team
Crossett Brook Middle School

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