Thinking College Early Fair

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Blackout Dodgeball Returns!

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A Highlight on Social Studies

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At North View Middle School we believe that teaching and learning approaches should accommodate the diverse skills, abilities, and prior knowledge of young adolescents, cultivate multiple intelligences, draw upon students’ individual learning styles, and utilize digital tools. When learning experiences capitalize on students’ cultural, experiential, and personal backgrounds, new concepts are built on knowledge students already possess.To ensure this happens, we use the nature of young adolescents to guide our instructional decision making. Because of this belief, our teachers spend a considerable creating engaging learning opportunities.

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The first unit I would like to highlight this year is from our 6th grade Social Studies classroom. Our students are in the fifth week of a five week unit covering the “Minnesotan Immigration Experience”. The key concepts being studied are “Community and Identity” with the debatable question of: “How can we use an understanding of others’ identities to help define our own identities?”

With this unit, students are learning about the identities and experiences of particular immigrant groups in Minnesota, and using this information to compare and contrast the identities and experiences of the immigrant characters in their Language Arts classroom using the book “Seedfolks.” 

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As part of this learning opportunity teachers also incorporate AVID instructional strategies during the unit. Included below is a video of Mr. Rishavy engaging his 6th graders in W.I.C.O.R – writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading – by using the AVID strategies of Marking the Text,

then using that same text to introduce Cornell Notes.

I hope you enjoyed this highlight. If you have any questions about this unit or anything related to North View Middle School, please feel free to contact me using this form.

In House Field Trip

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At North View Middle School we believe that students learn best when involved in active and purposeful learning opportunities. To ensure this happens, we use the nature of young adolescents to guide our instructional decision making. Because of this belief, we invited the National Theatre for Children to our building on Friday, September 23rd and our students engaged in an in-house field trip. The play centered around two ideas that will be studied in many of our science classrooms this year. The first being the key concept “Change” and the second, the debatable question of:To what extent does human activity have on matter transformations in nature?”  

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During the 45 minute skit, our students learned about living green, saving energy, and preparing to be future leaders of our world. Student’s engaged with the content in a fun, interactive, and enriching format. Teacher’s comments about the play were, “I thought it went well and was engaging for our students!” “I loved the humor and the way it was personalized towards our students!” “It was wonderful and we should have them back!”

Click here for more information about the National Theatre for Children!

We can’t wait to have them back!

After School Programming-Public Art Club

 

At North VMS we believe that our students education does not end when the school bell rings. Because of this belief we offer a number of after school activities for our students to participate in. The first I would like to highlight in this post is our Public Art Club. The Public Art Club meets after school at North View Middle School to create art that can be staged in a public domain to be accessible to all. This year they created displays to highlight the five regions of the world.  The work is displayed on our locker banks and represent the 50+ countries that our students and their families originate from.  The regions are Africa, The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. The groups next project will focus on the foods of these 5 regions and will be displayed in the cafeteria. Thank you to Ms. Plum, Visual Arts teacher at North View, for leading this group of students.

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Other after school programming opportunities offered to our students this year are listed below.

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Active and Purposeful Learning

At North View Middle School we believe that students learn best when involved in active and purposeful learning opportunities. To ensure this happens, we use the nature of young adolescents to guide our instructional decision making.

Whether it is Mrs. Jame’s Science class where students were being introduced to engineering concepts,

 

Ms. Schiferli’s Spanish class where students were practicing the Spanish alphabet,

 

During a sixth grade Humanities experience where students studied the lives of the Dakota and Ojibwe people,

 

Or lastly, when analyzing the use of personification in the poem entitled “What do we do with a variation?”

 

We are excited to offer our students these experiences because they; increase student engagement, foster student ownership in their learning and lead to levels of understanding unlikely to occur with more traditional classroom experiences.