A Barber Book Study… This We Believe : Barber Believes 2008/2009 The Importance of Middle Level Education Introduction Time of rapid and profound personal changes-hormonal shifts, changes in thinking patterns, concerns about image and peer acceptance Moral development emerges
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Educators value working with this age group and are prepared to do so.
Courageous, collaborative leadership
A shared vision that guides decisions
An inviting, supportive, & safe environment
High expectations for everyone in the learning community
Students & teachers are
engaged in active learning
An adult advocate for every student
Each adult at Barber fulfills the role of advocate on a daily basis. However, specific student needs are met when:
School-initiated family & community partnerships
Curriculum that is relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory
Relevant - Barber collaborative teams work together to provide students learning opportunities that are relevant to the student, content, and current events in the world and our community. Teams also create new opportunities and interests for new knowledge and new levels of learning. Teams could improve on focusing on generating and expanding on student generated questions to make curriculum more relevant.
Challenging - Barber collaborative teams work together to provide challenging learning opportunities that are aligned with GPS standards, emphasizing higher level thinking and differentiate to meet individual student needs. Teams could improve on knowledge lessons that focus on copying or memorizing rather than allowing the student to be the thinker and explorer.
Multiple learning and teaching approaches
that respond to their diversity
Here at Barber we…
Assessment and evaluation programs
that promote quality learning
Organizational structures that support meaningful relationships and learning
School-wide efforts and policies that
foster health, wellness, and safety
Red Ribbon Week
Relay for Life
Advisement (safe place to talk)
PE classHow does Barber support school-wide efforts and policies that foster health, wellness, and safety?
Multifaceted Guidance & Support Services
Two full-time school counselors currently operate and function as outlined in This We Believe through the following responsibilities:
Weekly Advisement Groups serve as the school’s “Student Advocacy Program”, in addition to other relationship and mentoring activities provided on a daily basis by teachers, staff, and community liaisons (ie. Mentoring, MORE tutoring, Girl Talk, “Swagger” Group, Girls Leadership, etc.).
Lisa WilliamsThis We Believe
The following teachers participated in the This We Believe
Faculty Book Study and contributed to this presentation.
Book Study Facilitators: Mary Jo Dukes, Ashlynn Campbell, Sharon Wilkie