Target 3 – Flexible Learning Environments. FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.
Action Step – Develop opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize in all learning settings.
Indicator of Success -Students are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.
Mock trials are happening all over FWSU! Just like their peers at GEMS, 8th graders at BFA-Fairfax completed their own mock trial. Students in Jennifer Skerrett’s Social Studies class participated in their mock trial as part of an Argument/Debate unit aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
Students were divided into plaintiff and defense teams in the case of Billings v. Pearson. All case materials were from Street Law, Inc.mock trial materials. In this case: “After receiving numerous texts and MyFace posts from a fellow student, a high school freshman sues his/her classmate for intentional infliction of emotional distress and the school district for negligent supervision.”
The students worked in teams to determine the appropriate evidence, write questions for witnesses, and prepare opening and closing statements. To ensure an impartial outcome, 6th and 7th graders from Mr. Psaros’ and Mrs. Carpenter’s classes served as jurors.
The jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff in all classes but win or lose, it was a learning experience for all in determining how to present an argument to an authentic audience.