It's a new beginning and several things are taking shape here at Tunbridge Central School as we begin the school year. Not only have we concluded many summer projects, but much thought went into creating the schedule and creating opportunities for our students and staff alike. In terms of summer projects, they include:
Our Teacher Advisories (TA) were also reconstructed such that our 5th and 6th graders now are combined and our 7th and 8th graders as well. This allows the one 45 minute period they are together per week to focus on developmentally appropriate topics: organization & time management as well as goal setting, self-advocacy & building skills for high school. These first few weeks are helping our TAs build community and begin to establish relationships to build upon for the duration of the middle school years.
We are also incorporating some "technology time" into the library period with our middle schoolers; whether this period explores the various technologies available or teaches digital citizenship, this 1 x week course is designed to spark the innovation amongst our students and allow them a safe place to explore various aspects of technology and build their skills in this area prior to reaching high school. Rumor has it, they may also create a "maker space" and / or begin to dismantle and re-build a computer or two before the year is out.
There is much to share; as this post is titled: Trying Something New, I am finding the courage and will commit to periodic posts in this blog to keep our families and public in-the-know here at Tunbridge Central School. We are rich in volunteers and are lucky to be a part of such a vibrant community. Stay tuned for more updates as I experiment with this technology, myself.