Six Learning Areas
Using the four Design Principles as guides, MMS expects students to achieve competency in Six Learning Areas complimenting the school culture, preparation for citizenship, working toward academic goals and assistance in giving shape to ideas. The Six Learning Areas are:
How do I work with others?
Many projects require students to work together in small, medium and large groups to draw upon their collective thinking and experience. When students work in teams on projects, their collaboration is an explicit focus for assessment. In large groups, no one student is permitted more than a five minute platform, and every student must contribute. Students are taught respectful techniques to encourage others and productive forms of critique.
How do I use technology for research, production and presentation?
The “tech” at Mountain Middle School is not for consumption; it is for production. Students will develop expertise with both computer hardware and software. The faculty will also encourage students to discuss the various technologies that they use in their projects – how they use the technology, what problems they meet, how they might improve it, and what steps they will take next.
How do I take in and express information?
Faculty, peers and community members will encourage students’ oral and written communication skills in classroom discussions, group work, and advisory groups. The end-of-semester Presentations of Learning will provide students opportunities to demonstrate learning as well as to receive feedback from peers, teachers and community members.
Art and Design
How do I give shape to my ideas?
Students will study four basic elements of art: history, production aesthetics and criticism. They will learn how to communicate ideas through self-expression and will develop an artistic understanding of the world. Students will also learn digital painting, drawing and sculpture media.
Ethics and Responsibility
How do my beliefs inform my actions?
Students will routinely be asked to explore ethical issues in social studies, science advisory groups and in community meetings to develop assessment skills.
Habits of Mind
How do I think critically?
In approaching data and developing projects, staff and students will practice asking these critical questions:
MMS believes that the essential elements of project-based learning, aligned with the four Design Principles and Six Learning Areas, dovetail with the MMS Core Beliefs, shown below.
Each student deserves: