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Project Wrap Around
Thank you for your interest in Project Wrap Around, a community support program for the Rutland Middle School and its grade 7 and 8 students. If you would provide us with some basic contact information and the nature of your volunteerism interest, we will contact you and begin our orientation process. The teachers, students and administration are grateful for your interest in supporting our students.
February 15, 2019
Last week I wrote about the final phase of rigor and what that involves. As the two previous phases point out, it is not simply to teach and expect students to learn. The final phase is the assessment of the degree to which students achieve standard mastery. True assessment of academic rigor is for the teacher to provide students with various opportunities to demonstrate their degree of mastery. This demonstration is a balance of formative and summative assessments.
This week let’s explore the relevance of our lessons and how coupled with rigor our students may be able to exceed our expectations. We need to work to develop a relevant environment, where relevant teachers can teach relevant curriculum. When I think of relevance, I think of the students, the adults they interact with and the teachers’ tools of the trade. Our children have watched an average of 4,000 hours of television or played 5,000 hours of video games prior to entering our schools. Dr. Bryan Brown, Associate Dean for Student Affairs of Stanford University, talks about 10 minute segments of death that educators battle against. These segments are video games that “level up” every ten minutes and children’s television which goes to commercial every ten minutes.