Focus on the Future: Part One
Did you know the top ten in demand jobs in 2013 didn't exist in 2004? Did you know there are 31 billion searches on Google each month? In 2006, there were 2.7 billion Google searches each month.
The exponential growth of technology and demand for information is changing the way students in today's world are learning. As you can see in this video
, the world we live in is rapidly changing. Note that the video is already five years old.
How do we prepare students for jobs that don't exist yet? Top companies in the world, like those in the Fortune 500, will tell you that they need employees who are creative thinkers, problem solvers and life-long learners.
So what are we doing to prepare our students?
What does the future of learning look like for our students in District 200? Over the past two years, the District has developed and finalized a set of best practices in instruction - the Future of Instruction & Technology (FIT)
Our learning environments should enable learners to access, synthesize and share knowledge while collaborating and creating anytime, anywhere. Student experiences are designed to foster critical thinking, parallel real-world situations and meet individual needs of learners as they develop mastery of standards. This year, administration is working with teachers to ensure our learning environments encourage collaboration, creation and standards mastery. What does that really mean?
Teachers are changing the way they teach. In math classes, a portion of each class is devoted to structured group "math talk." In science, students are building engineering prototypes but they discover 'how' to build the prototype as a group. In reading, there is time each day devoted to discussion in groups about the text. Students are collaborating and learning from each other, not just from the teacher.
Teachers are using technology to engage students. Not only does technology allow teachers to differentiate instruction so that learning is personalized, but technology also allows teachers to always know a student's level of mastery in a particular area to make sure that all students are supported and challenged.
District 200 is utilizing FIT
when planning professional development for staff, increasing access to technology and facilities master planning. In the coming weeks, look for follow-up stories that detail how we are putting FIT into action!
Pictured above: Wheaton North students collaborating on projects at tech tables in the school's library.
Electronic School Bag
New Policy Postings for Public Review
On August 12, the Board approved to post Proposed Revised Policy 8.25 DRAFT - Advertising and Distributing Materials in Schools Provided by Non-School Related Entities. Comments can be directed to Dr. Robert Rammer.
Upcoming Board Meetings
Wed, September 16 at 7:30 pm.
To view Board Meeting Agendas, highlights from previous Board Meetings and more, click here.
Wed., September 30 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
Committee of the Whole
Going out to eat? Support our local PTAs. Click HERE for a full listing of Cook’s Night Out events.
Wheaton North Future Falconette Dance Camps Two classes offered for students ages 4 -8th grade More info here.
Art on the Prairie by Warrenville Park District
- This two day annual festival is a FREE event held September 12th 10am-6pm and September 13th 10am-4pm that includes Fine Art for purchase, Artist Demos, Music, Performing Arts, a Children s station and more. More information...
Wheaton Warrenville South Dance & Cheer Clinic for 1st to 6th Graders
- Sunday, September 13 from 1-4pm. See the flier
for full details.
Wheaton World Tour - Wheaton Reads, Celebrate Our Diversity - Sunday, September 13 from 1-4pm West Plaza, Wheaton Public Library. More details...
Blast Into Scouting - September 17th from 7-8pm. Boy Scout recruiting event at local schools. See the flier for details.
State of Our Schools - Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Hubble Middle School. Presentation by Dr. Jeff Schuler, Superintendent.
Falcon 5K - Sunday, October 25 - Race begins at 9:00AM (registration begins at 8:00AM) Back by popular demand for those 8 years or younger - Are your faster than a Falcon race at 10:15AM. Please see the WN Booster site for more details.