Innovation in the Classroom - Kensington Woods High School

 

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Service Learning @ KWoods

One example of Service Learning at Kensington Woods was the Hunger Project. Kensington Woods students research hunger in Livingston County and proposed solutions to address hunger insecurity in Livingston County. Read more here.

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Innovation in the Classroom

The curriculum at Kensington Woods is one that balances content, innovative instructional strategies, and assessment. We have embraced instructional strategies that have been proven, via research, to engage students in the content while providing an opportunity for them to develop a deep understanding of skills and content. These strategies focus on creating an environment where students learn in situations that are relevant and that reflect their environment in college and the workplace.

Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies is when more than one subject area or discipline are combined to teach a concept or class. Learn more about how Kensington Woods incorporates integration here.

Service Learning

All students at Kensington Woods will participate in service learning projects through their academic courses. These service learning projects are a form of experiential education where students learn core content and skills while applying what they are learning to community problems and, at the same time, reflecting upon their experience.

Service-learning helps students build academic skills while strengthening communities through service. A growing body of research recognizes the benefits of service-learning as an effective strategy to:

Improve Academic Achievement
When tied to academic standards and learning objectives, service-learning positively impacts student performance, including on standardized tests.

Increase Student Engagement
Service-learning engages students by helping them make critical connections between classroom lessons and real-world applications.

Build Civic Skills
By giving students the responsibility to identify and meet pressing needs, service-learning builds civic skills and commitment in young people that last a lifetime.

Strengthen Community Partnerships
Service-learning brings students into the community, and the community into schools. In this way, students develop a sense of belonging and responsibility, and communities view youth as valuable assets.

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning (PBL) provides an opportunity for students to learn academic content while exploring real-world problems. Projects also help students develop 21st century skills (like collaboration, communication and critical thinking) and learn how to create high-quality and authentic products and presentations.

At Kensington Woods, project-based learning is incorporated into many academic and elective classes, Project Term and whole-school projects.

Technology

Kensington Woods believes in incorporating technology in a real-world way into the daily learning environment. Smartboards, multiple computer labs and tablets are just the beginning. Teachers incorporate technology into their curriculum in a relevant and engaging way, teaching not only software and hardware, but application, responsibility and practical use skills that can be applied to how students will use technology in their college and career. Kensington Woods also has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, where students can bring in their own technology and use the in the classroom on a daily basis.