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

Today I met with 3 middle school students who described their PLP experiences.  One young man's comments was both disheartening and enlightening.  He said he spent the year filling out worksheet after worksheet for the PLP.  None of the worksheets were ever revisited (will this be read?) and the students learned to just write anything down.

As I began asking them questions, I took a few seconds to describe my "Oh the Horror" Unit to let them know how invaluable their input is.  Immediately the young man perked up.  He told me that he spent his free time studying films and working on film scripts. 

Okay, so what does this tell us?  Right. 

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