One of FLIGHT’s guiding principles is to provide students with learning experiences that transcend the traditional boundaries of the physical classroom. Our upcoming trip to Seattle does that in a big way! This full day adventure offers several unique experiences, and this year, a true once-in-a-lifetime chance to see priceless artifacts recovered from King Tut’s tomb.
The day begins at the Boeing factory in Everett, with an opportunity for students to see the content of science and social studies in action. By touring the assembly line and observing the production process, students can relate a real-world example to their in-class learning.
In the Science Fiction Museum, students will be able to see displays relating to their science-fiction literature circle that they will study as part of English class. The museum contains objects relating to some of the classics of science-fiction, allowing students to view in reality concepts that were discussed in their novels and in class.
The FLIGHT program explores new technologies and how they can be useful for learning both inside and outside of the classroom. In the course of our learning, FLIGHT students will create and use various online websites and services and write and publish to them. Use of these services is sometimes private in nature, but often is public.
This year, students will be using Edmodo, Evernote, Edublogs, and Google Drive among other tools in the course of their FLIGHT classes. Some of these websites and services may store data outside of Canada. Publishing to public sites provides students with an authentic audience for their work, and their individual websites will become an important component of their assessment as a portfolio of their learning.
Embedded in our curriculum this year is learning about what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for online communication, and your child’s work will be closely monitored by FLIGHT teachers to ensure his/her safety and privacy are protected.
FLIGHT parents that have not already returned the online services notification letter are asked to print out this letter and return it as soon as possible.
In October, the FLIGHT teachers (without Mr. Grant who has a beautiful new baby boy to take care of!) were pleased to join several other teachers and administrators from the Seycove family of schools and attend the fall residency at High Tech High, in San Diego.
High Tech High operates eleven schools in San Diego County. All of these schools serve a diverse, lottery-selected student population; all embody the High Tech High design principles of personalization, adult world connection, common intellectual mission, and teacher as designer.
The fall residency focused on project-based learning and gave the Seycove family of schools team, and specifically our FLIGHT team, a chance to talk with HTH teachers and students about their projects they have done, and to learn about ways to support both students and colleagues through the processes of project tuning and critique.
This visit has truly been enlightening for all of us. It will take awhile to fully digest all the learning we have done!