Instructional Framework clone

The Minnetonka Teaching and Learning Instructional Framework represents our instructional core values. The eight interconnected dimensions of the Framework have all been identified by our School Board as vital to the student experience. Based on these expressed values, the Teaching and Learning team has built a set of tools that are designed to help Minnetonka teachers create learning experiences for students that are highly engaging. The Framework’s levels of complexity help teachers stretch what they are currently doing in ways that will increase engagement and help connect student learning to the world around them.

Education is in the process of an important disruptive transformation. The 21st century workplace looks and feels much different and it demands a different skill set. The Framework helps build student experiences that are rich with the skills that lead to success in the 21st century workplace. If our instruction focuses too heavily on lecture and/or direct instruction, students may do fine on assessments, but the learning won’t stick. We want our students to have the necessary content knowledge, but we also want our students to have the interpersonal and interactive skills to bring that knowledge to life in situations where they are applying their learning to solve unique problems. If we don’t give them ample opportunities to develop those skills now, it may be too late when they reach their chosen field but can’t apply what they’ve learned.

To learn more about the Instructional Framework:

Minnetonka Research Symposium

Level of Complexity: 4
Classroom Level and Content: High School
Name of Teacher and Site: N/A

Shows students presenting research findings through a poster presentation format common in undergraduate and graduate settings

World Culture Week - Tour of India

Level of Complexity: N/A
Classroom Level and Content: Grades K-5
Name of Teacher and Site: N/A

Every year, we present the culture of a different country (hands-on displays, etc.) called World Culture Week, where students have a global experience just outside the classroom.

Student “Passion Project”

Level of Complexity: 4
Classroom Level and Content: Grade 6 Language Arts
Name of Teacher and Site: Nicole Berwanger

This "Passion Project" video demonstrates how one middle-school student used technology tools to share his research on the planet Mars.

Students Create Amazing Graphic Novels

Level of Complexity: 4
Classroom Level and Content: Grade 11 English
Name of Teacher and Site: David Adams

Students create graphic novels based on a revolution or differences living in the USA vs. Iran.

 

Enhancing Learning in Fourth Grade Math

Level of Complexity: 2
Classroom Level and Content: Grade 4 Math
Name of Teacher and Site: Jeff Beckstrom

Students learn about triangles and types of angles using a variety of technology tools.

Second Grade Book Creators Publish Their Learning

Level of Complexity: 4
Classroom Level and Content: Grade 2 Language Arts
Name of Teacher and Site: Traci Preciado

Students researched and published their learning on a topic of their choice in an eBook.

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Sara White
Director Of Teacher Development
Sara.White@minnetonkaschools.org
952-401-5103

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