Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation

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? Sunsetting as a natural part of […]

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 […]

17 Oct 2017

Design with Empathy, by Larisa Pender-Healy

Guest post by Larisa Pender-Healy, Middle School Faculty at MVPS. This is post #2 in a series about 7th graders engaging in a design project as biomedical engineers.  === My students were about to embark on a design challenge to create medical solutions that could potentially be used by humans. I couldn’t help but think, how can I mentor them to be better than the medical professionals that I have come across? One memory stood out to me and I […]

15 Oct 2017
08 Oct 2017

Latest Diigo Bookmarks for #MVIFIshares

  Educational Leadership: The Constructivist Classroom: The Courage to Be Constructivist Tags: constructivism #mvifishares shared by Bo Adams The search for understanding motivates students to learn. When students want to know more about an idea, a topic, or an entire discipline, they put more cognitive energy into classroom investigations and discussions and study more on their own. First, constructivist teachers seek and value students’ points of view. Knowing what students think about concepts helps teachers formulate classroom lessons and differentiate instruction on the […]

03 Oct 2017

Design Briefs: Blurring the Line Between School and Real Life

Most people would agree that maths, science, reading, and writing exist outside of the classroom. So why do we teach them in separated classes in school? At Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, connecting students to the world around them plays a big role in establishing the context for student learning. As a third grade teacher, I have taken students out of the classroom and have been amazed at the types of questions and learning the students were capable of. I brought […]

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