Fairfax County

American Ninja Warrior - Project Based Learning, Engineering Design Process

Categories: Fairfax County | 2017

First graders at Daniels Run Elementary participated in Project Based Learning while exploring shapes in their environment (MTH.G1.13). The driving question was: How can you, as a designer, create a new and innovative obstacle for the upcoming season of American Ninja Warrior? Using the Project Based Learning framework and the Engineering Design Process, students created their own obstacle designs and later made scale models of their idea. Teaming up with Matt Iseman, the American Ninja Warrior host, Mia Leone, the Innovation Space Teacher, and Dr. Alan Friedman, a retired engineer volunteer, we helped the students learn how shapes are used in their environment in new, sophisticated ways. Students used critical thinking skills to apply their knowledge to real world tasks. Please watch our segment titled Daniels Run Elementary – Project Based Learning to see more! http://fairfax.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=11&clip_id=1695

Contact

Victoria Novak
1st grade teacher
vgnovak@fcps.edu
703-279-8476


Providence ES STEAM Lab

Categories: Fairfax County | 2017

In the Providence STEAM Lab, students use Innovator Skills, which are 21st Century Skills (based on Tony Wagner’s Creating Innovators) as they work through the Engineering Design Process. Students work collaboratively in teams and use critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems they are presented with. As they work through the process, students cooperate to come up with a team plan, create and test their solutions, reflect on data and use of Innovator Skills, and improve designs. The program is designed to teach students to persevere through possible failure, and to view it as an opportunity for further learning. Engineering is the vehicle through which Innovator Skills are taught. The ultimate goal is to transfer these skills into students’ everyday lives at school and at home. Through student and teacher surveys, Providence has noticed an increase in the use of Innovator Skill language and effective application of these skills.

Contact

Diana Schmiesing
STEAM Lab Teachers
DSchmiesing@fcps.edu
703-460-4400


RICU – Reading Intensive Care Unit: A Tier 2 Intervention Using Jan Richardson’s Theory and Practice

Categories: Fairfax County | 2017

Springfield Estates (SEES) Literacy has successfully implemented the RICU Tier 2 intervention in Grades 1, 2, 4, and 5 with three years of data that supports the positive outcomes in measurable reading scores (DRA, SOL). This innovative approach to supporting struggling readers was designed by the Providence ES literacy team and shared with SEES in a collaborative outreach between the schools. Designed for 12 students for a period of time, the intervention moves groups of 3 struggling readers through four literacy stations based on Jan Richardson’s lesson plans. Jan Richardson provided PD for SEES staff, examined the RICU data, and has included the method and results in her keynote literacy speeches across the country. The results of RICU are strong and many schools are visiting SEES and Providence to see it in action – then adopting the model with great success.  

Contact

Ellen Lewis
Reading Teacher
eolewis@fcps.edu
703-241-5100