We need to get every child deeply engaged every day in work and learning that matters to them. This is an ongoing work in progress- we will do anything to promote student agency, engagement, activism, and success.
Continuing to come back to students who would rather school be a bunch of teacher hoops to jump through rather than think for themselves what they need and need to do to be successful.
Don't confuse the tool with the child. Sometimes no tool and an honest conversation is as important and effective as an elegant digital interaction.
In summer of 2016, our latest iteration and enhancement of blended learning has to do with paying attention to how we are paying attention. We refer to this suite of protocols as our "Sweet School Tools" which involve individualized and quick documentation of interactions and positive, growth-oriented work that is happening in these highly personalized learning environments. Teachers feel swamped "keeping track" so we have developed these protocols and resources to streamline processes and keep it very positive - asset and strength-based rather than deficit-based. It has turned the focus on discrete skills and competencies (gaps) inside out and instead focused on the strengths of the learner.
Wildwood IB World Magnet Schoolis a wall-to-wall International Baccalaureate authorized school that emphasizes inquiry and project-based learning. The school's initial focus on the personalization of curriculum, instruction, and assessment and 21st-century learning skills led naturally to the development of a student-driven, inquiry-based learning culture. Wildwood uses a number of different strategies to leverage technology tools and resources within an IB context, including emphasizing student choice, voice and ownership of learning. Wildwood's blended-learning models support engagement with and expression of learning across a wide array of learning styles, preferences, and passions.
Contact: Mary Beth Cunat
Wildwood IB World Magnet School
6950 N Hiawatha Ave