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It has been our intention to return to some form of in-person learning as soon as it was determined by our health departments that it is both safer and feasible to do so. On September 21, during our virtual town hall with county health department officials, we reviewed the current coronavirus data for our community. To this end, our county health agency partners have made the recommendation that it is now appropriate for us to return to a hybrid learning model. Click here to watch the virtual town hall discussion about the data guiding our decisions and current levels in our community. Beginning Monday, October 5, we will be implementing a hybrid in-person learning schedule for all students who are not currently enrolled in the LaunchED program. LaunchED student’s schedules will not be impacted by this change.
Cómo usted sabe, nuestra intención ha sido volver a alguna forma de aprendizaje en persona tan pronto cómo nuestros departamentos de salud determinen que es más seguro y factible hacerlo. Anoche, durante nuestra junta virtual con los funcionarios del departamento de salud del condado, revisamos los datos actuales del coronavirus para nuestra comunidad. Con esto, nuestros asociados de las agencias de salud pública del condado han recomendado que ahora es apropiado que regresemos a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido. Haga clic aquí para ver la discusión de la junta virtual sobre los datos que guían nuestras decisiones y los niveles actuales en nuestra comunidad. Comenzando el lunes 5 de octubre, estaremos implementando un programa de aprendizaje híbrido en persona para todos los estudiantes que no estén inscritos actualmente en el programa LaunchED. Los horarios de estudiantes LaunchED no serán impactados por este cambio.
Blue Mountain’s Instructional Focus of Science, Technology and Inquiry is the foundation of the high quality, research based instructional programming that is offered. The natural convergence of the Sciences, partnered with literacy and the Arts, provide students with an outstanding foundation of essential skills while integrating the development of problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, communication skills and the ability to collaborate to enhance their learning.
Inquiry education is where structure meets fluidity, where we create opportunities for students to be engaged in active learning based on their own questions. An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand." The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning.
Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. Furthermore, involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit you to seek resolutions to questions and issues while you construct new knowledge, thus supporting the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. For students, this method of learning ends the listen-to-learn paradigm of the classroom and gives them real and authentic learning challenges and problems to solve. For the teacher, inquiry-based education ends their paradigm of talking to teach and recasts them in the role of a facilitator of learning, being engaged in the same quest for knowledge as the students.
Each Inquiry Unit and/or lesson uses the problem solving process to facilitate learning. Each unit starts with a Focus Question and provides opportunities for activities of questioning, investigating, creating, discussion, and reflection, steps similar to the Scientific Process.
A full time Science teacher will further enhance the Science and Inquiry component of our instructional focus. Every student will receive 60 minutes of enrichment in Science weekly from our Science teacher. Please contact our Science teacher at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Every classroom at Blue Mountain Elementary is equipped with a Promethean Interactive Whiteboard, interactive Slate, a voice lift system, student response system, and computers. In addition we have 3-computer carts equipped with Chrome books 1 iPad cart and an additional MacBook cart for school wide use. These tools support student learning as well as providing the development of skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century, a technology rich environment.
This Instructional Focus of Science, Technology and Inquiry, paired with a Highly Qualified staff, provides students with outstanding learning opportunities!