Welcome & Introductions
Brandi Miller - current 3rd grade teacher. Has taught at CSS 13 years. Student taught here at CSS as well.
Christi Braun - current kindergarten teacher
Brian Hoeft - parent
Kristie Lindholm - principal. Year 3.
Rachel Dolkas - parent/substitute in the building
Jill Grassman- parent.
Meisha Geisler - assistant principal. Year 3.
Rawls Moore - math teachers. 4 years.
Mindful Practice - classroom script lead by Kristie
KWL of Constructivism (members on their own wrote what they already know about constructivism.)
interactions with groups, ideas and materials
Inquiry based learning
Questioning (teachers and students with their peers)
Multiple opportunities to explore ideas/concepts
Teachers knowing the different abilities within their classrooms
Invention centers in kindergarten- literally constructing projects. Midlevel makers space in Mr. Moore’s room (beginning stages)
Excellent systems, expectations, relationships. Classroom has to be a safe place for students to be able to make mistakes.
teacher and students being able to collaborate
Ownership of work on students and able to self monitor/manage
Midlevel- the weight the knowledge carries and how it is applied to a social construct. Using concepts and then doing something with that context. (Vgotsky)
Uncovering of purpose
Goal setting for SC 16-17
What brought you to Site Council
What do you hope to see/accomplish
What do you bring to the table to help this along?
Question: is there a framework that daily lesson plans can be planned through?
Answer: not currently.
Are there non-negotiables for teachers? If so, knowing that teachers are on a learning spectrum and they might be seen as goals.
Question: What do parents/teachers/admin/students look for when they walk into a room when looking for constructivist elements?
Spatial standpoint- areas for students to interact. Not desks lined up facing the front. Group spaces.
Late start day exemplifies constructivism
Storylines, culminations to hear about process from beginning to end.
Creation based school
Developing habits of mind. Asking questions, looking for answers and how it impacts social constructs.
Logistics - PTA $ and how we want support (ideas)
Parents have a quick blurb to share about constructivism.
Can we develop some succinct way to share about our school’s focus option.
Showing processes of student work- video
signifiers and framework
First annual parent/teacher constructivist symposium
Determine monthly meeting date
Third Monday of each month. October 24 for next Monday.