During the sixth phase of School Startup, the Teacher-Founders merge their insights and reflect on the year
to plan for next steps into the following year.
During the fifth phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders break down, pivot, make changes, and refine their innovations in order to create the best possible outcomes for students in their classes.
During the fourth phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders roll up their sleeves and
try out their ideas. They reflect, and try again,
and again, and again.
Lessons like a Government Stress Test, where students create their own governments and then cycle through various scenarios using games and problem-solving activities, have been part of Alyssa's attempt to engage and excite herself and her students more.
And hosting guest speakers such as a panel of community members representing different religions and former Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, has helped Alyssa bring the outside world in for her students.
During the third phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders dig down into their Take-Aways
from the Discover phase and create challenge
questions that will drive their project direction
and begin to brainstorm ideas for
During the second phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders shadow and interview students
to better understand their visions from the student perspective.
During the first phase of School Startup, the
Teacher-Founders consider possibilities for approaching
deeper learning in their classroom by rethinking their
practice and reimagining a new future vision
for their work.
Check out this video of Alyssa discussing her Core Why for teaching her content and her Vision for her project this year.
My name is Alyssa Mize. I love my hubby, our dog Baer, the History Channel and Sunday naps. I love spending my weekends kickboxing and walking my doggo at the park. I love to travel but I spend most of my time watching Game of Thrones and Outlander. I love all of my kiddos but I really have a soft spot for my more difficult students. I love teaching and getting to spend my days sharing my passion with my students.