Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners. FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.
Action Step: Develop partnerships with global partners to carry out a project related to units of study.
Indicator of Success: Learning outcomes will be expanded to encourage curiosity, communication, and digital citizenry.
BFA Freshman Liz Jones recently began a personal study of Hawaii as part of her Math I 20% requirement. Former student, Amanda Ziegler (BFA Class of 2008) is currently studying Marine Biology in Hawaii and welcomed the opportunity to connect with Liz virtually to answer her questions. Liz and Amanda had an engaging discussion via FaceTime as they talked about the weather, the view, the differences between Hawaii and Vermont…… and about mongooses!
Mr. Tague’s Math I class encourages students to explore a topic of interest for several weeks during a flexible block each week known as “20% time”. 20% time is an innovative, flexible approach to offer students greater educational choices along with opportunities for them to develop their voice among their peers. It allows students to personalize their learning experience and collaborate with an authentic audience to deepen their knowledge.
Mr. Tague uses an “EdCamp” format for presentations. Students choose and sign up for presentations each week led by their classmates. Presentations are conducted in small student groups. On “Presentation Day” students share their learning once, and attend four other presentation of their choice provided by their peers. Students gain confidence, hone their presentation skills, and develop new interests – all important parts of learning.
“It was cool to talk with someone outside the school and from another state about what I’m learning!” – Liz, BFA Freshman