This year two science teachers, Molly Heath and Gretchen Muller, collaborated to develop a new course, Science Seminar. This class provides students the opportunity to independently explore personal interests and how those interests connect to science and the broader world. We have been working on refining skills in the areas of research and communication, problem-solving, collaboration with peers and the community, goal-setting, and time management. Each student developed a research question to explore deeply and learn concepts by reading scientific journals, watching videos, (including great TED talks), talking to faculty, and interviewing community members. Students have been working diligently for the first semester to prepare for their first presentation day. On December 5th, each student presented their research and personal connection to their learning to a group of peers, teachers, and community partners. The topics students researched were diverse, intriguing, and challenging. Read more.
This blogpost is reposted from Our Journey, a blog tracking the progress we are making in ExcELL, a new course made possible by the Partner-Teacher program. Want to know more about what is going on? Visit us.
The Winooski jiLab: Classrooms of the Future
This academic year the Winooski School District, in correlation with the Partnership for Change is dedicated to creating an atmosphere of student-centered learning, innovation and technological integration within the school day. Team Journey (encompassing approximately half of the middle school student body) is underway with a unique focus to change the way learning happens. Read more.