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?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thoughts during workshop presentations

These are the interesting thoughts I had today during workshop presentations:

Including an activity on determining student values as part of the “Who am I?” section of PLP.
Include discussion and activities/goals on mindset.
I’m wondering if there are grade 5-6 level materials on Mindset? Or a list of resources for grades 5-6 mindset?
It seems as if 3 goals is a good number in general; I’ve heard teachers talk about 2 academic, 1 personal goal for student-led conferences. But this can be differentiated if students are struggling with goal setting, or haven’t experienced success academically.

I like the possibility of increasing access for students with disabilities through the web-based and iPad apps in which students can record their presentations, decreasing stress over presenting, and practicing presenting in a relaxed atmosphere.

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