Teachers and students at one middle school find that school keeps getting better and better with a new teaching model.
At Tilden Middle School, a blended learning curriculum, classroom computers, and new programs for the arts and STEM are just a few of the special qualities that define this school
“Tilden is a school that is constantly evolving and getting better and better,” said eighth-grader Betty Jones. “The school continues to make more progress than the year before. I like that because we are also evolving personally and academically along with our school.”
Tilden has been selected for the first phase of The School District of Philadelphia’s School Redesign Initiative. Only four schools have been selected for the new blueprint which calls for a focus on blended learning technology. Teachers will create personalized learning plans fitted to students’ aptitudes and needs, and encourage students to utilize technology for learning.
“We are in year one of the redesign implementation,” said principal Brian Johnson. “We have a brand-new staff and instructional model and within that we’re also doing blended learning, which integrates technology with the curriculum.
“We implemented three stations in the classrooms. Students working at the computer station learns their lessons online. There is a direct instruction station where the teacher works on a lesson with a group of students. The small group station allows students to work individually or with fellow students,” Johnson said.