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.
Typically, Diana's curriculum requires her to give students large packets of detailed instructions for learning certain programs, or Diana has to walk the whole class through the process in the front of the room--preventing some students from moving ahead and keeping her from helping those who are struggling. Instead, Diana created tutorial videos, so students can work at their own pace and work with peers to support one another.
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 Diana's video where she discusses
her Core Why and her Vision for her project this year.
Diana Shuff is teaching graphic design. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Technology in Graphic Design from Purdue University and East Tennessee State respectively. After graduating she taught Graphic Design at Purdue University in New Albany, IN, Georgetown College and at Sullivan College of Technology and Design. She also has worked as a Project Manager at an interactive agency in Johnson City, TN. She has been working with her graphics students at Fern Creek High for a couple years and looking for something new to try in the classroom.