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

Thursday Reflections

I like the idea of having students re-write the transferable skills and create a visual for a given area. I think maybe not this year, but maybe in a future year. For this year, maybe just present the Transferable Skills in a visually-pleasing format in kid-friendly language.
Another idea I liked was using backwards design in having a student “do” first, then decide what transferable skills they have already accomplished in that activity.
Sometimes you have to allow for a messy process in goal setting, in which the goal is not perfect, but students experience the process of setting a goal becomes a conversation.

I like the idea of using Nearpod to poll students on issues of concern, or group direction/interests in advisory time.
Interesting idea to have student-led conferences be part of advisory set-up, rather than team-based.

Each grade level advisory could have a particular focus:  5th grade: Who am I? 6th grade: Who am I in society? or something like this.

One cool idea was to develop a Community map of resources for advisory (parents, community members) and interests they could share with an advisory or PLP interest group of students.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree that we should have the students do an activity -- then show them all of the transferable skills -- so that they can see that they already did many of them. And I like your idea that the skill should be around one of their many passions. I am concerned that they will be "stuck" in a certain passion -- when they should be able to explore many.

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