A pilot program offers new experiences in personalized learning for both students and teachers. It is a mini session, running for just 20 days featuring choices of classes such as 5k training, “The History of Rock and Roll,” yoga, brain games, and other crafts and stimulating experiences.
At the Little Falls Community Middle School, the intent of the pilot program is to give middle school students a chance to discover what they are passionate about, or what they enjoy doing.
Where are their teachers? They teach ten of the 20 days, and use the other ten to participate in a common planning day. Each teacher, paraprofessional, and staff member will teach one of the classes. Members of the local community will also participate.
Principal Wade Mathers sees the program as a start of changing the culture of the school. He wants a culture where the majority of the staff truly believes that all students can learn at a high level, with the right amount of time and support.
“If you don’t have that, you have to tackle that first. Once you have that, and I think we have that at the middle school, then shift language from ‘intervention’ to a ‘student who is under-supported,’” he said.