Target 1. Student-Centered Learning – FWSU students will engage in personalized learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
Action Step – Increase easily accessible opportunities for global collaboration for teachers and students.
Indicator of Success – Students and staff will participate in a global dialogue to engage in authentic investigation and problem solving with partners located outside of their school community.
Each school year, thousands of Vermont students read the books nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award. Thirty books make the annual list, and fourth through eighth graders vote for their favorite title in the spring. The DCF Book Award is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont PTA to promote literacy in young adolescents. Check out the 2013-2014 list.
This school year, VPR’s Vermont Edition is taking a closer look at some of the books on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher list with their new segment called Dorothy’s List: A Monthly Series for Young Readers. VPR has been visiting schools and libraries around the state to interact with students about the books. They also feature opportunities for students to engage with the DCF award authors and ask questions.
BFA 6th graders have lunch together with their Language Arts Teacher Andrew Sealey for these monthly book discussions. Students participate in author interviews about books nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher award. This month, BFA student Kieran Shea posed a question to R.J. Palacios (the author of “Wonder”) – Kieran actually made the show!
BFA Middle School students and staff are currently involved in reading “Wonder” – stay tuned to hear their reflections and learning experiences!