December 12th, 2012
One of the things that the other group stressed in the presentation was the incorporation of John Dewey’s beliefs and teachings in their school’s model. Based on their presentation, they focused a lot of their philosophies on various aspects of Dewey. They also discussed how they would include both traditional and non-traditional forms of assessment by incorporating things like year-long projects that the students would complete in each grade level. Our group discussed the importance of aligning curriculum with not only state and national standards, but also international standards . Based on our discussions in class, this has become a topic of conversation in the educational industry because we are realizing that the education we are providing our students with may not be as good as the education that other countries are providing their students.
There are two main topics that came to my mind as opportunities for further discussion. The first topic is funding. I feel both groups struggled the most with the funding aspects of the project. I am sure the people who are in charge of the budgets have a hard time trying to figure out where they are getting money from and in what areas they can cut funds. As difficult of a topic as this may be, I feel it is beneficial as a future educator to have more information about how the budget is developed in order to have a better understanding of how the school system financially works. Another topic that I thought would be interesting to discuss is the various types of charter or magnet schools that are established throughout the country. The most common type I had heard of was math, science, and technology but I found it interesting that the other group chose to create a liberal arts school and our school was focused more on the environment, sustainability, and agriculture. I think it would be interesting to look further into the other options that are already in existence for schools.
I feel that our school was very different from the other group’s school. First of all, their school was charter based and our school was designed more as a magnet school that is still a part of public education. Their school was high school level, while ours was elementary level. I feel that our group focused more on our learning environments both indoor and outdoor more than the other group did. Similarly, however, both groups’ financial plans focused heavily on partnerships with businesses in order to fund their needs. Also, both groups felt it was important to take advantage of the environment and outdoor educational opportunities for students.