Lynn’s schools benefit from mixed education

LYNN – The Modern Classrooms Project spoke about its combined learning model, which will be implemented at a district meeting on Thursday evening.

Lynn Public Schools (LPS) has partnered with a non-profit organization to introduce a new curriculum, which the organization describes as an approach to education that combines online learning materials and collaboration with traditional classroom methods.

Mixed learning was introduced in the city’s schools last fall.

Deputy principal Kimberly Powers said the partnership, launched in 2020, is aimed at finding ways to increase student engagement and achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The founder of the Modern Classrooms Project, Karim Farah, a former high school math teacher in Washington, DC, said he created this learning model in 2018 to increase student engagement and student achievement, as well as to reduce teacher stress when organizing lessons. plans.

“I taught every day and wondered: How can I find the time to support students in a way that deserves support?” said Farah. “When you stand in front of a room, you often feel unsuccessful, but the reality is that your classmates are often bored; your absentee students say, ‘I don’t know how I got there and I don’t know what to do next’; and your students in the lower grades may say, “Hey, I need one more time and I need help.”

Farah said the modern Classroom model uses a three-component structure to help students. These components are blended learning in which students can access new content; an independent structure for students to learn at their own pace; and skill-based assessment in which students progress based on the level of demonstration of the subject’s skill in the subject.

In 2021, 100 LPS teachers joined the Virtual Mentoring Project of the Modern Classrooms Program, where they were trained to learn how to build mixed-mix classrooms, Farah said.

Teachers worked with expert Classroom Modern Educators and developed three lesson plans using the organization’s learning model.

Farah said the majority of educators in the district gave positive feedback, with 93 per cent recommending the program and giving it a nine out of 10 rating.

“You hear people say it’s one of the strongest transitions of their career,” Farah said. “You hear them say they’re finally able to differentiate the needs of their students, and that helps you grow as a teacher and it’s well organized.”

Farah said teachers who redesign their classrooms using their organizational model can apply for an Outstanding Classroom Coach Certificate (DMCE).

Those who prefer as a DMCE can apply for a paid tutor, which will allow them to help teachers across their districts. Farah said Lynn has seven teachers who have received this certificate, three of whom have become coaches.

Thursday’s presentation ended with a video of Lynn students from an English class taking positive feedback about their Modern Classroom curriculum. Students were shown that the best part of their new lesson plan is that they can spend their time learning and can get extra help from their teachers.

School committee members praised the work of the organization.

Brian Castellanos, a committee member, said he was impressed by the presentation. He said this new model of education is what he envisioned for district students.

“The pandemic affected us – our staff, our families – and affected us,” Castellanos said. “Sitting here and seeing and hearing this passion – I have that passion too.”

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