Middlesex County

Flexible Seating Environments to Support Deeper Learning

Categories: Middlesex County | 2017

Students learn best in spaces that are personalized and flexible. In order to engage students in activities that cultivate today’s essential skills - creativity, problem solving, collaboration - classrooms need to move quickly among a variety of designs and structures. MCPS believes in a student-centered pedagogy that demands a different kind of classroom to support the innovative use of relevant tools and deeper learning activities. Sara Spain, grade 4 teacher at Middlesex Elementary School has established a model classroom to propagate the use of flexible seating styles and arrangements to better enable collaborative, project and performance based learning activities.

Contact

Danielle Allen
Interim Principal
Middlesex Elementary School
dallen@mcps.k12.va.us
(804) 758-2496


K-Kids, Key Club and Bridge Builders

Categories: Middlesex County | 2017

Students at all three levels, “K Kids” at the elementary school, “Builders Club” at the middle school, and Key Club” at the high school, partner with local volunteers to learn the value of community service and participate in joint service projects together. K Kids meets weekly assisting with a Backpack Buddy Program, count BoxTops, peer tutor, design and implement donation programs, and other projects that help strengthen the school and community. Bridge Builders Club members pair up with young readers to model appreciation for reading and enhance developmental comprehension.  Coordinated in partnership with the Middlesex Kiwanis, these programs specifically galvanize the link between the community and students. 

Contact

Tracy Seitz
Assistant Superintendent
tseitz@mcps.k12.va.us
8047582277


Middle School Interactive Media Lab

Categories: Middlesex County | 2017

The 6th Grade team at St. Clare Walker Middle School has piloted a Chrombook and interactive media lab initiative.  The teachers have been working on technology integration within the curriculum, taking steps to become Google Certified Instructors, and collaborating with school leaders, ITRTs, and other Google Certified personnel to create engaging technology-driven lessons.  The team is assembling equipment to build a full technology media room in the 6th grade lab, accessible to all grade levels.  The vision is to have 3-D printing, touch-enabled work stations, live interactive conferencing, and multiple touch-screen presentation areas for students to collaborate, create and produce unique projects aligned with project based learning. 

Contact

Steve Dunkel
Director of Technology and Assessment
sdunkel@mcps.k12.va.us
8047582277