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

Thoughts about plp 5-8

  • Thinking about how plp looks 5-8:  Students in 5th and 6th grade might benefit from two years of exploration more than a formal plp. 5th and 6th grade teachers could give students opportunities in different types of learning, such as visual, kinesthetic, music, service learning, or other plp type descriptors, and be explicit with what the different lessons show.  For example, a mapping unit in PE or in geography could help students know if they have talent / enjoy visual / spatial problems, and the teacher might explain how that lesson accesses people’s visual / spatial skills.   Students could reflect on the lesson, and then note the next time such a lesson comes up, and see if they feel the same way about that lesson.  It might be nice across disciplines as well - Nan could explain visual spatial in her class, as well as Lori with the outlines of the countries.
    • Then, in 7th and 8th grade, students could more formally create a plp.
    • 5th and 6th grade students could still have an eportfolio, but it would be scaled back to be more of an interest / experience based document.

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