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05 Dec 2017

Moving The Rock w/ Grant Lichtman | Part 2

Grant Lichtman joins to Design Movement to discuss his latest book, Moving the Rock: 7 Levers We Can Press to Transform Education. Grant moves past establishing a case for change and develops a practical toolkit for any school community to lean into the future in a collaborative manner. This book is a multiplier in closing the gap between school life and real life. In Part 1, we discuss the first 3 levers we can all press to transform our own […]

30 Nov 2017

Moving The Rock w/ Grant Lichtman | Part 1

Grant Lichtman joins to Design Movement to discuss his latest book, Moving the Rock: 7 Levers We Can Press to Transform Education. Grant moves past establishing a case for change and develops a practical toolkit for any school community to lean into the future in a collaborative manner. This book is a multiplier in closing the gap between school life and real life. In Part 1, we discuss the first 3 levers we can all press to transform our own […]

30 Nov 2017

LEAP: Leadership Experience Advisement Program for Grade 6 | Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

LEAP: Leadership Experience Advisement Program for Grade 6 November 29, 2017 Focusing on team building, MVIFI (Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation) leaders designed and facilitated a half-day event for the entire sixth grade, layered in the Captain-Crew-Passenger method of dynamic leadership. Broken into their advisory groups, students participated in an outdoor/experiential educational model, threading a story through the process of action, application, and purposeful reflection. After participating in activities such as: Trust Fall, Bull Ring, Stump Jumping, Alligator Boards, and […]

29 Nov 2017

Restaurant Profile Writing as PBL, by Max Hanson

Guest post by Max Hanson, Middle School Dean of Operations and Student Life, Grades 7 and 8, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Posted from an email originally sent to parents of students in Mr. Hanson’s 8th grade English Language Arts course. === Dear Parents, Last Fall, my 9 year-old daughter was studying Greek Architecture at school and brought home an assigned project calling for her to recreate a smaller-scale version of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. By the end […]

17 Nov 2017
13 Nov 2017

Real-World Problems with Real-World Solutions

At Mount Vernon, we blur the lines between school and real-life, empowering all learners to be seekers and explorers, and equipping them with the tools to impact the world around them. When Love Beyond Walls, an Atlanta non-profit, approached Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) and Mount Vernon Presbyterian School about the premier of their new documentary, Voiceless, an authentic opportunity for students to experience another lap in design thinking emerged.  Here was a real-world user with a real-world problem […]

12 Nov 2017

Latest Diigo Bookmarks for #MVIFIshares

Why I Don’t Grade | Jesse Stommel Tags: Assessment grading #mvifishares shared by Meghan Cureton grades are the biggest and most insidious obstacle to education. Agency, dialogue, self-actualization, and social justice are not possible in a hierarchical system that pits teachers against students and encourages competition by ranking students against one another. Certainly, metacognition, and the ability to self-assess, must be developed, but I see it as one of the most important skills we can teach in any educational environment. You should consider this course […]

07 Nov 2017

Curiosity and Passion Drive Learning

I hate exercising.  Well, hate is such a strong word…I really don’t like exercising.  The kind where you go to the gym, take a class, push-ups, sit-ups etc.  It’s not that I don’t exercise at all.  I guess it goes in spurts for whatever is piquing my interest at that moment, but it never lasts.  I’m just not that into it.  In fact, if I didn’t have to do it, I probably wouldn’t exercise at all. I should mention though […]

01 Nov 2017

Sunsetting Projects

How often do we talk with students about the end of the project, beyond just its due date? About what happens to the work they’ve done once the due date has passed? What happens to the “learning residue”? Do students see the end of a project as the moment that they get their grade, or when the project has stopped serving its purpose? Are these two moments different? If they are, should they be? Over the summer, I had a […]

19 Oct 2017

Choreographer or Teacher? by Larisa Pender-Healy

Guest post by Larisa Pender-Healy, Middle School Faculty at MVPS. This is post #3 in a series about 7th graders engaging in a design project as biomedical engineers.  === Choreographer or Teacher? I always struggle with how the beginning of a PBL is supposed to go. I have been under the assumption that the mark of a good PBL is when an entry event naturally leads students to the driving question. I agree with 50% of this statement. In my […]