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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!