Design Priorities: Synthesis

In two large meetings, teachers voted on design priorities for MS322. Each teacher chose one primary and two secondary priorities.

Initial Findings

The top six priorities chosen by the staff can be grouped into three closely related clusters (as below).

1

Students are grouped by their needs and strengths and not by their age. (12 points)

Student schedules are customized so that students are with the right teachers in the right setting at the right time, based on their needs. (42 points)

2

Most instruction and assessment requires the student to study and contribute to real world authentic audiences. (12 points)

Most of the curriculum consists of content and skills that students will remember in 20 years. (10)

3

Students know, navigate and are assess through a learning progression. Students can access and learn in a 24/7 format. (6 points)

Students can learn anytime, anywhere using  technology that supports their needs and motivations. (6 points)

 Bringing It Together

Bringing these closely related ideas together creates a clear, simple list of priorities that we can refer to as we make design decisions (and compromises) in the years to come.

  1. We schedule students with the right teachers in the right setting at the right time, based on their needs and strengths and not upon their age.
  2. Our students learn content and skills that they will remember in 20 years, studying and contributing to authentic, real world audiences.
  3. Our students are independent learners who can learn anytime, anywhere using technology that supports their needs and respects their motivations. 
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