Ivy Academy A Public Charter School Key Concepts
!!!  Public School  !!! (NO Tuition) <ul><li>Aligned with HCDE  Strategic Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Aligned with purpose of c...
Learning Environment <ul><li>Small Class Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Themed learning </li></ul><ul><li>Project-based learning...
Integrated Thematic Learning <ul><li>A combination of subjects </li></ul><ul><li>An emphasis on projects </li></ul><ul><li...
Integrated Learning … <ul><li>takes place for the students  within each discipline and  expanding into the integration of ...
Benefits of Integrated Learning <ul><li>Mirrors the real world </li></ul><ul><li>Motivates students – learning is relevant...
Benefits  continued <ul><li>Adds coherence to vast amounts of information by making connections among disciplines </li></u...
Projects <ul><li>Year-level teacher teams will design interdisciplinary projects which can be personalized for each studen...
Purpose of Projects <ul><li>Teachers can have a common aim for the knowledge conveyed in their individual classes </li></u...
Integrated Thematic Learning Bookkeeping Sewing, woodworking Building, planning Caring for living things Life Skills* Sugg...
Why Outdoors? <ul><li>Return students to a healthy, natural learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Gardner’s 8 th  Intelli...
Today’s Students <ul><li>“ Nature-deficit disorder  describes the human costs of alienation from nature, among them: dimin...
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  1. 1. Ivy Academy A Public Charter School Key Concepts
  2. 2. !!! Public School !!! (NO Tuition) <ul><li>Aligned with HCDE Strategic Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Aligned with purpose of charter school law </li></ul><ul><li>Serving at risk and other students </li></ul>
  3. 3. Learning Environment <ul><li>Small Class Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Themed learning </li></ul><ul><li>Project-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor “classrooms” </li></ul><ul><li>Longer class periods </li></ul>
  4. 4. Integrated Thematic Learning <ul><li>A combination of subjects </li></ul><ul><li>An emphasis on projects </li></ul><ul><li>Sources that go beyond textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships among concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Thematic units as organizing principles </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible student groupings </li></ul>
  5. 5. Integrated Learning … <ul><li>takes place for the students within each discipline and expanding into the integration of all subjects. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Benefits of Integrated Learning <ul><li>Mirrors the real world </li></ul><ul><li>Motivates students – learning is relevant to their personal lives </li></ul><ul><li>Works with the natural ways in which the brain integrates and processes new information </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits continued <ul><li>Adds coherence to vast amounts of information by making connections among disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledges reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and the use of numbers as enabling skills within thinking processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters collaboration among students and teachers. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Projects <ul><li>Year-level teacher teams will design interdisciplinary projects which can be personalized for each student </li></ul><ul><li>Students work to design a solution for the problem by using critical thinking skills and applying the knowledge learned in each of the disciplines. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Purpose of Projects <ul><li>Teachers can have a common aim for the knowledge conveyed in their individual classes </li></ul><ul><li>Depth of subject matter is supported and increased </li></ul><ul><li>Demands critical thinking from the students and the teachers in order to design a solution </li></ul><ul><li>Student-learned knowledge is applied to a real world application. </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation standards are fulfilled. </li></ul>
  10. 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. 11. Why Outdoors? <ul><li>Return students to a healthy, natural learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Gardner’s 8 th Intelligence: Naturalist </li></ul>http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr054.shtml <ul><li>The ability to recognize and classify </li></ul><ul><li>In a natural Setting – rocks, plants, animals </li></ul><ul><li>In an urban Setting – automobile, clothing, electronic brands </li></ul>
  12. 12. Today’s Students <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li>The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, average eight-year-olds able to identify more cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community. </li></ul><ul><li>“ [Benjamin Franklin] applied a scientist’s mind to the lessons of the senses, and used his direct experience with nature to solve a problem.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Last Child in the Woods :) </li></ul><ul><li>Physical education / wellness is in inseparable component and is daily. </li></ul>

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