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This is the story of two educators on one journey. Each day we will record our reflections on the process of being involved in an innovative educational environment. The decision on our part to leave the public education system was deliberate due to our growing frustrations over the factory "one size fits all" model of education. This model has dominated the educational landscape and is not designed to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. Step one in our journey was to find a place that would allow us the freedom to break out of the system. We needed a chance to just breath and facilitate learning in the ways that we both know are best for children. That step has led us to Rosemary Beach Florida to work with the students attending the OH Institute. The OH Institute is a unique educational environment that we find humane. The curriculum focus is on the individual learner with an infusion of technology project based learning. Currently, it has 20 students in grades 4-11 all of whom are seeking something different than what the factory system of education has to offer. This is where our adventure begins...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday 9/27/10


Today was a long day. It was not long in the sense that any big issues came up but it was long because I worked a good part of the weekend and then worked today until 6:00pm and then still went home and did some things.

I was so happy with the high school students for stepping up to the plate and getting things done with catching up. These kids are amazing and they want to succeed.

It was also nice to hear from Nathan while he was away at his golf tournament. Kickball was funny today because we thought that the Butterflies of Hope were behind when in fact they were destroying the other team.

Ellee did a nice job piloting a new math program for Mr. Tim.

I really liked Mira's dogs even the one "that might bite." All in all a long but good day.

The daily list:

Before school: answered emails from Tim

Community time-met with HS to talk about Language arts and PSAT

Check in with:
Mira-checked on dropping Spanish/called PK to double check her electives
Hunter-did all assignments needed to get done over the weekend and has set realistic goals for catching up this week-yea!
Connor-caught up
Mason-caught up
Talked to Olivia’s mom on the phone because they are having trouble submitting work

organized answer sheets

Met with Olivia and Randy for a check in

Brain break: looked over incol email that Tim sent about start up.

elementary math: looked at ilearn with Tim and then looked at EDU2000


community time-channel one news

quick email check

outline of OH structure/study for year-worked on written portion of this

Community time-attitudes of gratitude

Randy: met with and checked on weekly schedule/ITBS

Parent meetings: Mullins-at school Syed-at their house


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