New Method, Same Mission

Target students #lovetothinkhere, no matter the format.

While all Target students began the year as remote learners and communicated within CTLS Learn, sessions included the familiar and exciting sounds of Target classrooms. Students asked questions, investigated, collaborated, and created. Now, combining remote and face-to-face learners, these classes continue the mission as global, self-reflective problem seekers and solvers.

Research on survival in the wilderness. Interviewing Canadian residents. Inside out math problems. Jumping into artwork. Visiting peanut farmers. Creating and camouflaging robots. The Inventure Prize. Junk art. Making sense out of nonsense. These are just a few of the things Target students have shown such excitement for, whether they engage as remote or face-to-face learners.

While reading Hatchet, students at Addison have learned a great deal about the northern Canadian wilderness. They conducted research on some of the similarities, differences, myths, and truths regarding our northern neighbor and the United State’s relationship with it. They developed thought-provoking questions and interviewed two Canadian residents. Labelle students collaborated to solve inside out math problems; if a+c is 18, a+d is 16, b+d is 14, and a = 9, what is b+c? While reading Chasing Vermeer, Still students learned their book’s heroine would count things in paintings, decide which children in them she would like to play with, which she would like to take home, or which she would like to go into all while visiting the Art Institute of Chicago. Entering painting portals, these students created vivid adventure stories and even sagas that reflected strong divergent thinking. Students at Baker continue following a peanut farmer in Statesboro as they investigate George Washington Carver—a scientist, innovator, inventor, teacher, and agriculturist. Smyrna students created innovative robots as they read House of Robots, while students at Bullard camouflaged theirs while reading The Wild Robot. Students in many schools continue to identify problems, empathize, and ideate while preparing for Georgia Tech’s Inventure Prize competition. Students at Sedalia Park created junk art in the spirit of Andy Warhol and collaborated to make sense of nonsense words. Tell me, what is a Wuzzie?

The move to a remote or face-to-face option has not changed the mission of Target students and their teachers. They continue to investigate and collaborate on topics of interest, relevance, and global significance. They take advantage of opportunities to question and to create.

Andrew Kutscher, Supervisor
Advanced Learning

Contributing Author: Angela Wilson, Consultant K-12

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