Posted by admin | Posted in education reform, Teacher Resources | Posted on 22-03-2011
I am currently working on a website for the school (Anastasis) I am starting. This is a different model than most parents will be familiar with so I am finding myself working on ways to flesh out just what learning looks like in this new model. One of the pages I have created is titled “Educational Framework”. I would love your input on the descriptions below as well as the graphic.
The framework below illustrates the educational approach of Anastasis and the synthesis of:
Inquirers: The combination of child, teacher, mentors, family, and friends in pursuit of a question.
The Cycle of Inquiry: The cycle that lead learners use to facilitate learning; inquire, investigate, plan, customize instruction, collaborate, construct meaning, create, evaluate, reflect and revisit.
Academic Content Areas: Nine areas are explored to help learners achieve standards and developmental benchmarks; language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, physical awareness/health/play, spirituality, social/emotional learning, arts, and global citizenship.
Learning Habits/Disciplines: Distinct habits and disciplines are assumed by the students as they approach learning. These disciplines support and assist the learning process.
Technology: Technology permeates learning in this blended learning model. Students use technology to build: functional skills, effective communication, collaboration, ability to find and select information, critical thinking/evaluation, cultural/social understanding, eSafety, and creativity.
Learning Genome: The Learning Genome makes it possible to customize and personalize learning for every student by taking into account; the student profile (interests, passions, developmental levels, learning styles, abilities, etc.), the school profile (resources available), the individualized learning plan (created by lead learner, student, and parents), Standards/benchmarks/scope and sequence, and tagged curriculum.
In addition to the graphic above, I have created an animation of the same graphic. In the animation, each section builds on the previous section so that the graphic is revealed in manageable pieces. The audience for the graphic is parents so I am trying to keep educational jargon to a minimum.
I realize there is a lot of information on the Graphic but really want to paint a picture of what I am referring to under each heading…I don’t want to assume that parents will fill in those blanks on their own.
So, what do you think? Suggestions and recommendations are welcome!