Inspire - a multidimensional word meaning to ignite, excite, or motivate. Learning and inspiration are like an infinity loop, one fuels the other. The incredible aspect of school is that the educator can inspire the learner and the learner can inspire the educator.
When we are inspired, we delve deeper into learning. Calaveras Hills High School has shifted to project based learning resulting in a feeling of purpose evident amongst our students. This semester in Ms. Mendoza’s class the students investigated how to address hunger in the community, revealing harsh data that correlates the impact of poverty and access to wholesome food to a child’s health and well-being. In low-income areas grocery stores are sparse conversely a multitude of fast food restaurants can be found. Our learners introduced insightful solutions such as a mobile grocery store specializing in fresh foods, and community gardens where children and adults cultivate connection to one another while growing healthy food for the neighborhood. (read more about CHHS PBL in CEA article)
Ms. Lam, Ms. Calvello, and Ms. Goode, have designed a multi-grade level project based learning program in which our Sinnott learners regularly explore interrelated concepts. Last month they examined culture and society within the historical context of their grade level standards. They enthusiastically shared what they learned through games that they created to demonstrate the elements of societies they studied.
Learners in Mr. Castillo’s science class at Russell Middle School implemented design thinking to engineer shoes that might best support animals in different environments. With great enthusiasm one learner described to Principal Mia Ramzan how shoes with triangular shapes could support an animal’s adaptation to life in the rainforest.
At our MUSD Middle College High School, our learners invest two years of inquiry, analysis, and solutions trials in developing their Community Impact Projects. They incorporate collaboration, oral and written communication, as well as agile thinking to prepare for their current and future endeavors. In Ms. Manluco’s class they recently completed research on institutes of higher learning and applied their rhetorical skills to gain the support of their families for their top three selections. Mr. Macatangay’s learners engaged in Supreme Court mock trials this semester, and are now emerging orators with a complex understanding of our constitutional rights.
From the very start of our existence we are learners who thrive on the joy of discovery. Education provides us with opportunities to develop our skills using a variety of resources. In MUSD we are focused on strategies that ignite the thrill of learning and the experience of accomplishment. We are creating a world class education for All in partnership with our families and community.
Building a Culture of We,