Learning at Heritage

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Personalized Learning at Heritage Elementary

  • Why:
    • To increase student ownership of learning
    • To engage students in authentic and rigorous challenges to achieve a desired outcome.
  • How:
    • Inquiry Models:
      • Design Thinking, Problem-Based, Project-Base Learner Profiles to inspire passion projects or Genius Hour
      • The Four Filters of Personalized Learning
  • What:
    • A common understanding of Voice, Co-Creation, Social Construction, and Self-Discovery
      • Voice:
        • Empowerment comes from an environment in which students recognize the power of their own ideas and recognize the shift that can happen by being exposed to others’ ideas.
      • Co-Creation
        • The student works with the teacher to develop a challenge, problem, or idea, clarify what is being measured (learning goals), envision the product or performance (assessment) and outline an action plan to be successful on that performance to achieve the desired results (learning actions).
      • Social Construction
        • Students build ideas through relationships with others as they theorize, investigate, and develop in pursuit of a common goal. There is real power in feeling that you are not alone, a sense of camaraderie when you are working to cause a change, create a performance, or build a prototype.
      • Self Discovery
        • Students need to know enough about themselves to be able to make wise decisions as they navigate through the turbulence of a rapidly changing environment.

Reading, Writing, & Communicating

Every student receives appropriate reading and writing instruction based upon their current level of performance and instructional next steps. We have school-wide systems in place to assess students’ reading and writing abilities and interventions/extensions to address their needs. We personalize the language arts experience to provide rich and engaging learning opportunities for our students to develop these important skills.

Math

We use a math program by McGraw-Hill Education called My Math. My Math provides an intuitive lesson format that is engaging and kid-friendly, making math fun and memorable. It contains student-created examples, online games, and downloadable apps that move students from learning abstract concepts to concepts they can apply. Like all other content areas, in addition to the My Math program, we pull in resources as needed and instruction is tailored to meet individual student needs.

Science

We use the Colorado Academic standards to drive our science instruction. The Science standards reflect a new vision for science education that connects scientific knowledge, in authentic ways, to real-world problem solving and innovation. Each grade level studies Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth Science.

Social Studies

We use the Colorado Academic standards to drive our social studies instruction. The Social Studies standards guide students in developing the knowledge and skills to make sound judgments, understand historical and contemporary experiences/events, analyze interpersonal and global tensions, and actively participate in the complex world in which they live. The standards support the use of reasoned and reflective thinking to engage and collaborate with others in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world.

Special Education

All kids learn at a different pace, thrive in different ways, and may benefit from support beyond the classroom teacher. The more students are involved in their learning, whether in the classroom, in The Studio, or at home, the more powerful the learning becomes. Our Take Charge! initiative has allowed students to understand not only what their goals are but why they’ve been selected. From there, students have a say in how they will have opportunities to practice toward their goals and show growth beyond the intervention practice and formal assessing. This initiative encourages students to realize their learning styles and, with support, incorporate additional ways to accomplish their goals.

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