Mastery of Knowledge is a high goal set by one middle school so students can learn at their own pace and know a subject completely before moving on to the next area.
At Kuna Middle School, students do not sit at a desk very often reading books and taking notes. Instead, they learn by doing., and being engaged in project based learning.
Students are engaged in projects. They learn about the history of food and its future in a project called “Chew on this”. They learn about genocide and stereotyping in a project commemorating Holocaust victims. In all of their projects, they bring knowledge of history, research, math, science, geometry, and problem solving. They read and study, motivated by their personal interest in the projects.
14 year old Maryn Petersen is constructing a dome as part of the Holocaust memorial project. She used her knowledge of chemistry and science to create an ancient style solar bulb; a container of water that diffuses light, mixed with bleach so it does not turn cloudy.
“You get to do something that you care about,” Petersen said. “It is your idea to come up with a dome. You have to use your brain and think of an idea.”