|Note--Arts & Humanties = 5 day rotation--1 day music, 1 day visual art |
1 day P.E., 1 day library, 1 day writing
If I were a pessimist, I might end my post here and tell you I’ve decided to remove my son from public school in search of a better alternative for a more well-rounded education. However, I am an idealist and a dreamer who has a vision—a vision that we can collaborate to make a difference in the schools in our communities. In fact, this vision or a similar vision is being enacted in a school district only about forty five minutes away from where we live. In Danville, Kentucky, leaders of the schools and teachers are implementing project based learning as one way to meet the needs of students beyond what’s on the state standardized tests. Kudos to this district! I’m ready to move forward with creating more opportunities like this in my own district as well. All students deserve the opportunity to learn more than what’s on the state test.
|Tower of books at Ford's Theatre |
museum in Washington D.C.
In the mean time my husband and I supplement what our children learn at school with learning at home. We encourage our children to be responsible and tech savvy citizens; we read content rich non-fiction as well as fiction and poetry. We also take local and out of state trips (when possible) to promote active learning through experiences. I feel fortuante that we can work to provide these experiences to our children, so when wearing my mom hat I feel fine about this supplemental approach to education. However, when wearing my educator hat, I realize not all children have this same luxury of parents who are able or willing to supplement what they learn at school with more well-rounded experiences at home.
A few changes to our current system could provide more well-rounded learning experiences for all students, and that is my mission and my vision--to support educators striving to provide experiences for all students. Please share your ideas and suggestions with me.