Transforming Teaching Environments - Modern Teacher
The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is transforming teaching environments by partnering with a program called Modern Teacher. This program has been used for the past two years, engaging leadership and teaching staff into defining what an effective modern teaching environment looks like in the classroom.
Through this model, expectations are developed and examples of effective instruction are defined. The goal for this program is to continue to invent and refine Mt. Vernon’s engaging curriculum and teaching instruction.
As part of this shift, an instructional model was developed for Mt. Vernon’s teaching staff. The core of this instructional model is “learner centered education”. The following three categories stem from being learner centered and are defined below: empowering education, educating with innovative curriculum and assessment, and engaging environment. See a picture of the instructional model HERE.
Teachers are facilitating instruction while empowering students to take an active role in their educational experience each day.
Provide students with modern day instruction to prepare students for their futures.
- Educating with Innovative Curriculum and Assessment:
The objective is to provide a rigorous curriculum that fosters critical thinking skills and challenges students.
Opportunities will be provided to students to remediate, prepare and enrich their learning.
Multiple best practices for instruction stem from those three key areas. These best practices drill down into more specific examples for teachers to use to help achieve that tier goal. For example, to achieve “empowering instruction,” a few methods are for the teacher to provide timely feedback, clear lesson objectives, and use multiple learning pathways.
Teachers are learning about how to achieve these best practices during professional development opportunities during Delayed Start Wednesdays. Teachers collaborate to develop best practices in these targeted professional development sessions.
What does this mean for a Mt. Vernon parent?
All the effort into defining and challenging our teaching instruction means Mt. Vernon is continually improving our educational experience to provide the best learning environment possible for students. This optimal learning environment will prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed for their postsecondary college or careers.
This means we continually strive for academic excellence!