Monday, September 2, 2013

What are You Passionate About?


E-Time got off to a great start this past Friday as our learners were given the opportunity to reflect on their unique interests and identify some of the topics they are most passionate about as they begin their 2013-2014 learning journey. The approach looked
different in each classroom, but the basic premise was the same.  Educators
were asking their learners, "What are
you passionate about?
What are you interested in learning more about?”  Seems like a simple…even obvious…question, yes?  But unfortunately, it is a question that has not been asked nearly often enough in classrooms across America over the last several years.  In fact, if we are honest, it is a question that has rarely been asked of students…well…ever

All that changed at Austin Elementary several years ago when, under the leadership of our lead learner, @laurieprincipal, we began to implement The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) on our campus.  SEM has allowed us to focus on the
interests and passions of our learners.   Through SEM we are learning to design experiences that promote talent development and encourage our learners to make a difference in our world.  The children in our classrooms are being challenged to identify real world problems…and find solutions to those problems.  And when given the opportunity, our learners are stepping up and meeting those challenges head on!  

One of the most exciting things about working with young learners is that they rarely see the obstacles that so often prevent adults from taking action.  You tell kids to dream big…and they do!  SEM helps to create an environment in which kids can make those dreams become reality.  Last year, SEM grew by leaps and bounds at Austin Elementary.  Our educators demonstrated incredible courage and determination as they stepped out of their comfort zone and began to let the kiddos take the lead in their learning.  I can’t wait to see what this year will bring as we continue on this amazing journey of enrichment, talent development, and strength based, learner driven experiences for ALL of our students.

If you want to be part of this amazing journey, contact Liz Malone at 214-496-7335 or by email at lmalone@coppellisd.com.  We would love to give you an
opportunity to share your talents, skills, and passions with our learners.  No special skills are needed.  Just a desire to connect with the learners and educators of Austin Elementary.  A variety of opportunities are available, and we will teach you everything you need to know, so make the call today! 

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