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31 Jan 2016

Traditional Observation v Instructional Rounds – Chip Houston

In our third year of practicing instructional rounds, I continue to learn and grow in my ability to deliver quality, meaningful feedback to our teachers. They are the best. The top. The elite professionals. I often tell them they are the “Michael Phelps” of education. And even Michael Phelps needs a coach to be the best in his field. I believe instructional rounds is one of the most effective methods to professional growth in education. “A commitment to professional learning […]

31 Jan 2016

Implement Instructional Rounds – Chip Houston

.entry-header Implementing Instructional Rounds Recently, the idea was posed to us about how to implement instructional rounds. I’m so excited at the prospect of sharing this valuable practice with other educators, that my mind began racing. Hundreds of thoughts all crashing together in my mind at the same instant. Pulling out a trusty, white legal pad, I began to scribble down questions. Ah, start with questions. It’s embedded in my DNA. Questions for Schools to Discuss Before IR Can you describe […]

31 Jan 2016

Being a student of your own school. #LearningWalks #InstructionalRounds #Pedagography | it’s about learning

We are a School of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders. – Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Mission How are you studying your own school? In what ways are you being a student of your own school? Certainly you send folks to conferences like bees sent to collect pollen. It’s likely that you send faculty to other schools to learn from their practices, too. Incredible […]

27 Jan 2016
25 Jan 2016

Designing for a Community of Makers

As the HIVE is coming to completion, the work to (re)define the space begins in earnest. In a previous post, I noted some distinctions between a makerspace and a maker community. You might consider the science lab, art studio, kitchen, or library at your school a makerspace. You might also note that makerspaces vary to a large degree in the tools, spaces, materials, people, and curricular focus. By taking the space totally out of the equation our design challenge became: […]

22 Jan 2016

Podcasts From MVIFI.org

Sharing is a core “what” to who we are as an organization (mvifi.org/shares). We want others to experience what we are doing, thinking and being challenged by. We are excited to announce that we will be bringing two podcasts to our normal share-outs. Design Movement For the past few years Dr. Brett Jacobsen (@jbrettjacobsen) has been hosting Design Movement – a learning and leadership conversation in education, business and the nonprofit community. His show has featured interviews with inspiring leaders such as innovative […]

15 Jan 2016

Building Innovators | I wonder

Yesterday, we hosted a coffee for parents and students currently enrolled in Innovation Diploma. It was such a great morning to share the work our kids have been engaged in for the past few months, and it was an opportunity to talk with parents about the why and the how of what we do every day in iDiploma. We began the morning trying to define the word innovation and decided that while there are countless definitions, essentially all definitions include […]

01 Jan 2016

Anya Smith: Thinking Like a Designer

Anya Smith: Thinking Like a Designer The world is malleable and everything in the made world is designed. Mount Vernon Innovation Diploma leader Anya Smith inspires our sense of agency and creative confidence, and she provides her recipe for success in taking on and tackling problems to make a positive difference. And she challenges us all to consider one of her big questions: “What if school created designers?” fuse15 – 9:03 – Filmed June 17, 2015 This MoVe Talk was presented […]

11 Dec 2015

How to Host a Maker Dine and Design Evening

As part of MVIFI’s hosting work, we’ve created an evening of fellowship and fun for people to learn more about maker-centered learning environments. The goals of the evening involve helping participants recognize, through direct experience, (1) that deep minds-on learning is connected to hands-on learning; (2) that new tools and materials for creation are more accessible than ever before; (3) that while learning to create something is an individual endeavor, it is often a community of learners that enable/enhance/enrich that learning for […]

09 Dec 2015

The HIVE

How might we remind our community that we are all makers? How might we make students’ creative ideas tangible? How might we design a space that invites creative and industrious behavior? How might we create a space that communicates our culture of making? How might we make a learning space that is magical? Industrious. Buzz. Collaborative. Transdisciplinary. Shared purpose. Shared learning. At MVPS we start with questions and divergent thinking. The how might we’s listed above are just some of the questions our team is […]