Year at Mission Hill, Chapter 9: Seeing the Learning

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Learning, Student, Whole Child

“How do we know what students are learning?” So opens the narration of chapter 9, “Seeing the Learning.” Rather than simply reply on summative test scores to communicate whether or not students have “achieved,” the educators at Mission Hill create exhibitions in which students must present and defend their learning to a committee of teachers and peers. The complexity of … Read More

Year at Mission Hill Chapter 8: The World of Work

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Learning, Student, Teaching

This chapter, “The World of Work,” offers a look at applying a school-wide theme through integrated projects. Teachers organize opportunities for authentic experiences based on the ideas and recommendations of the kids in an effort to allow students to “see their ideas actualized.”┬áThis practice for building student agency works because it helps them develop confidence in the value of their … Read More

Year At Mission Hill – Chapter 6: Like a Family

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Learning, Student, Teaching, Whole Child

The idea of living “like a family” is explored, like other topics within the school, as a community — among faculty, students, parents, and every combination thereof. Faculty see parents as partners, and talk about trust, cooperation, and communication as building blocks of that key relationship. The footage shows interactions between parents, teachers, and students — the kind of interactions … Read More

Year at Mission Hill, Chapter 5: The Eye of the Dragon

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Equity, Leadership, Learning, Student, Teaching, Whole Child

So much of the language that we know to be valuable in education comes alive at Mission Hill. Art. Empowerment. Choice. Voice. Inspiration. Creativity. Student experts. Student teachers. Community. Every year they employ a school wide theme that aims for depth and breadth throughout the school. This year’s, “Long Ago and Far Away,” and the students share a seam of … Read More

Year at Mission Hill, Chapter 4 Love and Limits

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Featured, Leadership, Learning

Working and playing — essential components of learning and keystones for establishing both the love and limits that create a safe space for each student. The question of how to best set appropriate boundaries within a loving context became all the more important because Mission Hill is a full inclusion school, meaning students with exceptionalities are not pulled out and … Read More

Year at Mission Hill, Chapter 3 Making It Real

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Featured, Learning, Teaching, Whole Child

This chapter opens with the question, “What makes a mind come alive?” It is an apropos question that is all to often left out of discussions about education and education reform. At Mission Hill it is central to the development of educational experiences for students. Check out this chapter that explores the idea of creating opportunities for students to create, … Read More