Learning is Different Here!!!
We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our Smart Lab! As you walk down the 4th grade wing to enter the Smart Lab, you will see a prominent banner that declares “Learning is different here!” I am certain that your child has or will share the engaging learning launchers occurring in that classroom on a daily basis. As I reflected more about the banner, I wondered where else in our building could the phrase “learning is different here” be found?
As adults, our learning experiences throughout elementary, middle or high school were most likely traditional. You walked into a classroom, sat in a hard chair that was placed in a row, listened to the teacher, took some notes and walked out of class 47 minutes later? Sound familiar? Does that approach work anymore? Is that the best way for students to learn? Don’t future employers want students to know how to collaborate, communicate, be creative and think critically?
My 2016-17 monthly Principal messages found on our website and in our newsletter will be dedicated to aspects of our East Troy Community School District Policy on Personalized Learning Environments. In brief, the policy states we are a school system that places the individual learner at the center of the learning process. This policy and its application will re-shape our learning experiences for all students.
The answer to our first question, “where is learning different at PV?” can be found in many different corners around our building. First, many of our teachers are adapting their learning spaces. Based on student input, some students prefer to stand, some like to work in groups, others like to have headphones on to reduce distractions. Second, teachers will be goal setting with individual students to support math and reading achievement. Third, all our teachers know the importance of considering student voice and choice when designing lessons and assessing learning. As such, your child will likely be more engaged in a relevant, authentic learning experience.
I look forward to sharing more about these experiences and other Prairie View celebrations on a monthly basis. Proud to be a Prairie View Panther!!!