Liberty Intermediate School serves fifth- and sixth-grade students from Liberty and Jackson Townships. Next week I will meet with incoming fifth-graders from Liberty and Jackson Elementary Schools for intermediate school orientation. At that time, I will explain how things will be a little different from their respective elementary schools such as their daily schedule, lockers and program offerings at LIS.
I will explain how they will use technology often, including iPads, MacBooks and Chrome Books. They will be given Google accounts so they may work collaboratively on group projects creating presentations to share what they have learned with both teachers and parents.
Students entering LIS are going to be asked higher level thinking questions requiring them to think, reflect, and develop their own artifacts communicating their newly acquired knowledge. They will begin the process of creating personalized learning portfolios demonstrating what they have learned. These portfolios will be chronologically organized by school year and subject area.
Students at LIS will start spending more time working as thinkers and problem solvers and less time memorizing and regurgitating facts. They will investigate their own inquiries using an organizational format provided by their teacher. Simply put, more time will be spent on the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what.’
The staff at Liberty Intermediate School will continue to foster an environment where academic skills are developed and higher level thinking strategies are utilized so that students will become more academically confident in their individual skills and abilities.
However, I am quite sure I will spend more time answering questions about lockers and scheduling since these will be the students’ greatest concerns.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.