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.
One of Rachel's goals, in an effort to create an environment of critical thinking, is to integrate more discussion into her lessons using various strategies. Here is an example of Rachel using the Four Corners discussion strategy--getting kids up and moving, while also asking them to think about and respond to authentic prompts.
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 Rachel discussing her Core Why for teaching her content and her Vision for her project this year.
My name is Rachel Ball. I love goofy dogs, cozy socks, and autumn weather. I love those things even more when I can enjoy them with a book in my hand. My favorite book series is Harry Potter and I will always claim loyalty to my fellow Hufflepuffs. I love to travel and spend most of my summer doing so. If you want some advice, Greece has the best historical sites, Kenya has the best sunsets, and Hawaii has the most beautiful beaches. I urge my students to travel near an far to discover the world for themselves.
I love teaching my students how to think for themselves in a world which urges them to be, think, and look the same as everyone around them. Current events, short stories, and intriguing videos are my favorite ways to get their brains ticking. I believe that if they can’t think for themselves, someone else will. My hope is that in my school, and especially in my classroom, they know they will be deeply cared for, they are free to make mistakes as long as they are trying, and they won’t be wrong if they interpret the world or a text differently than I do.