Hold on tight, the 2012-2013 school year is underway and no one is standing still at Clarksville Academy. It is such an exhilarating time to be attending CA. Just a brief visit on campus and you can sense the enthusiasm and spirit. Teachers are sharing new discoveries of subject relevant apps and textbooks, 6th-12th students are learning and reading interactive textbooks on their 1:1 Apple devices. Lower school students are being recorded by the new iPad while reading dramatic excerpts and mastering skills in short periods of time that once took weeks. Parents then receive emails and/or short video clips featuring class work to communicate the progress their child is making and the quality of the student’s work.
Embracing change and using it for exploration and problem solving is truly contagious. Today we even had cake and cupcakes delivered to campus with QR code decorations!
Scanning the codes with a reader app revealed messages of Great First Week! Go Cougars! or provided links to our newly revamped website! The buzz this sugar-tech combo made among the faculty was remarkable to witness.
In addition to the 1:1 initiative, CA is aggressively adding opportunities for students to expand their critical thinking skills and increase their knowledge in science, mathematics, language, and the arts. The inclusion of Challenge Based Learning in our curriculum has also been another source of pride and energy for our faculty and staff. Detailed dialog and discussions between teachers about group topics and directions for leadership guidance is ongoing. Briefing and preparing students for this combination of solution driven research, creative thinking and action is so important in helping them set goals and outcomes for their initiatives. For me, the experiences our students will take with them will be priceless. Stay tuned for the launch of our year long CBL challenge topic. We will be sharing it soon!
It is hard to believe we have only been back in classes for 5 days. I am anxious for the days ahead because I know the best is yet to come.
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