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.
Guest speakers bring the community into Heather's classroom and bring the reading to life. Here one of the author's of I Said Bang! speaks to her students about community.
Heather integrates discussion into her classroom, giving students opportunities to talk about issues that matter to them, that are connected to their communities, and that are anchored to texts they read.
Heather is providing choice to students by beginning a "Day of Discovery" routine, where students get to explore topics of interest to them and share what they learn. She is providing community connection by bringing in guest speakers like Darcy Thompson of the Louisville Story Project, who published the book the students will read. Darcy is sharing behind the scenes insight into the stories in the text and how the book came together.
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 Heather discussing her Core Why for teaching her content and her Vision for her project this year.
Heather Jones is teaching English IV – Sports Literacy in addition to traditional English courses. Heather has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Teaching degree from Spalding University. She has also earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescent English/Language Arts. Throughout her career, Heather has often found that students are far more engaged in their learning when they are investigating and researching topics which they value. This course is designed to engage students who have previously been disengaged from the learning process. She strongly believes if we can ignite a passion for learning, we will create lifelong learners.
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