Scheduling Circus

By: Amy Morford
from Arevim Schoolhouse

Risk Taking and Failure

Subject(s) of entry:
Art, English/ Writing/ Language Arts, Halacha, History, Ivrit, Math, Mishnah, Philosophy/ Values/ Ethics/ Hashkafa, Physical Education/Health, Science, Social and Emotional Learning, Social Studies, Tefila, literature

Blended Learning, Experiential Education, IBL - inquiry based learning, Montessorri, Social and Emotional Learning, Wholebrain Teaching, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
4, 5, 6, Elementary school

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Elementary school, Middle school, High school

Creating a school schedule is difficult. Furthermore, creating a schedule that works for 14 multi-age, multi-level, individual students with very different academic and social-emotional needs, seems nearly impossible. It was through a journey of taking great risks and reflecting on failures that brought our classroom the schedule(s) we all needed.

Entry Narrative

“Scheduling Circus” serves as an analysis of the challenges that were faced and lessons that were learned through the process of creating a schedule for our classroom. The presentation of this material has been thoughtfully designed to reflect the higher-order thinking and creativity we encourage our students to strive for each day.

Entrant Bio(s)

My name is Amy Morford and I am the General Studies teacher for the 9-12-year-old girls at Arevim Schoolhouse located in Boca Raton, Florida. This is my third year as a full-time classroom teacher, and first year teaching at Arevim. I have a passion for creating an environment and educational experience where students feel safe to be curious, think outside of the box, and develop the necessary skills to become lifelong learners. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy reading, hiking and spending time with my family and friends.