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  • 1. Ivy Academy A Public Charter School Key Concepts
  • 2. !!! Public School !!! (NO Tuition)
    • Aligned with HCDE Strategic Plan
    • Aligned with purpose of charter school law
    • Serving at risk and other students
  • 3. Learning Environment
    • Small Class Groups
    • Themed learning
    • Project-based learning
    • Outdoor “classrooms”
    • Longer class periods
  • 4. Integrated Thematic Learning
    • A combination of subjects
    • An emphasis on projects
    • Sources that go beyond textbooks
    • Relationships among concepts
    • Thematic units as organizing principles
    • Flexible schedules
    • Flexible student groupings
  • 5. Integrated Learning …
    • takes place for the students within each discipline and expanding into the integration of all subjects.
  • 6. Benefits of Integrated Learning
    • Mirrors the real world
    • Motivates students – learning is relevant to their personal lives
    • Works with the natural ways in which the brain integrates and processes new information
  • 7. Benefits continued
    • Adds coherence to vast amounts of information by making connections among disciplines
    • Acknowledges reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and the use of numbers as enabling skills within thinking processes.
    • Fosters collaboration among students and teachers.
  • 8. Projects
    • Year-level teacher teams will design interdisciplinary projects which can be personalized for each student
    • Students work to design a solution for the problem by using critical thinking skills and applying the knowledge learned in each of the disciplines.
  • 9. Purpose of Projects
    • Teachers can have a common aim for the knowledge conveyed in their individual classes
    • Depth of subject matter is supported and increased
    • Demands critical thinking from the students and the teachers in order to design a solution
    • Student-learned knowledge is applied to a real world application.
    • Graduation standards are fulfilled.
  • 10. Integrated Thematic Learning Bookkeeping Sewing, woodworking Building, planning Caring for living things Life Skills* Suggested 1 Health 2 Psychology Folk Art Art History Visual Art Fine Arts Fourth year lang. Third year lang. Second year lang. First year lang. Foreign Language Man v Self ----------------------- Etymology Man v Society ----------------------- Etymology Man v Self, Man v Man-Ancient Lit. Etymology Man v Nature ----------------------- Etymology Literature/English ------------------------ Etymology Algebra 2/Trig. *Calculus Algebra 2 Statistics Algebra 1 Geometry Algebra 1 Geometry Math 1 Economics 2 American Gov. Current US History/World History (20 th – 21st century) US History World History (pre-20 th century) Geography Social Studies History Anatomy and Physiology Environmental 2 Physics Environmental 1 Chemistry Biology/Botany –local flora/fauna (basic Geology) Science Senior Study of the Self Junior Sociology Sophomore Anthropology Freshman Our Natural World
  • 11. Why Outdoors?
    • Return students to a healthy, natural learning environment
    • Gardner’s 8 th Intelligence: Naturalist
    • The ability to recognize and classify
    • In a natural Setting – rocks, plants, animals
    • In an urban Setting – automobile, clothing, electronic brands
  • 12. Today’s Students
    • “ Nature-deficit disorder describes the human costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses.”
    • The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years.
    • By the 1990s the radius around the home where children were allowed roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in 1970.
    • Today, average eight-year-olds able to identify more cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community.
    • “ [Benjamin Franklin] applied a scientist’s mind to the lessons of the senses, and used his direct experience with nature to solve a problem.”
    • (Last Child in the Woods :)
    • Physical education / wellness is in inseparable component and is daily.