Glass Classrooms

Would you like to know more about what happens inside Turning Point's classrooms? Come inside and have a look around!

The following videos demonstrate how Turning Point School uses process-based learning to inspire students (and teachers!) to explore and expand their aptitude for design and discovery. Utilizing the method of "Learn, Practice, Share, and Revise," we create experiences that encourage collaboration, develop resiliency, and inspire joyful learning.

Learn and Practice

In a professional development workshop, elementary teachers collaborate to make Scribble Machines, motorized contraptions made from simple materials, which they will later introduce to students.


Share & Revise

Elementary teachers build on their experiences from their professional development workshop to lead Turning Point School "Families" in an all-school Scribble Machine project. Students and staff tinker, experiment, test, and "think" with their hands as they work together to create a functioning machine. Turning Point Families are multi-age groups of approximately 20 students, teachers, and staff members from all different grade levels and departments who gather once per month to work on unique activities and build community.


Making and Design Thinking

“Learn, Practice, Share, Revise” is a core philosophy in Turning Point’s faculty Professional Development model and provides a natural connection to the Design Thinking teaching method, which includes five steps to problem solving: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. In the fall, middle school students used this process to create their Halloween Carnival games for the community. They ideated their games by empathizing with their audience, which consisted of students in preschool through Grade 3. Their prototypes were beta tested by Grades 4 and 5, who gave feedback for redesign in the form of comment sheets. The final designs were enjoyed by all!

The important role of community was never more evidenced than at Grandfriends’ Day when we asked our visitors to collaborate, empathize, and design with their grandchildren during classroom visits. As you can see in the video, by engaging members of our entire community in these types of activities we create opportunities for learning, spread inspiration, and provide insight into “making” and “doing” all year long!


Glass Classrooms was originally created as a professional development tool that allowed faculty to observe and celebrate the collaborative work being done by their peers across campus. It created a venue for sharing best practices, applauding the infusion of core values, increasing programmatic knowledge, and demonstrating creative pedagogical approaches.

As it has evolved, Glass Classrooms now provides an opportunity to broadly showcase the unique qualities that distinguish Turning Point as an exceptional community that instills a joy of lifelong learning in all students. We hope you enjoy this lens into Turning Point life.


*This page will be updated throughout the year. To view the entire library of videos, please visit our Glass Classrooms channel on YouTube.

*Please also visit the Glossary of Terms page to learn more about some of the key terms and phrases used in the video descriptions. These elements are integral to the Turning Point program.

TURNING POINT SCHOOL
8780 National Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

 

Turning Point School is an independent, coeducational school providing a premier education to Preschool - Grade 8 students in the greater Los Angeles area. For over 45 years, we have educated confident, curious, and globally-aware preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school students.

Located in the heart of Culver City, we enroll students from the west side of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Venice, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey, Hancock Park, Cheviot Hills, and Playa del Rey.

       

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