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The Life Practice Model at Turning Point Learning Center

The Life Practice Model an educational philosophy, viewing students as learners and problem solvers. Learners are expected to build upon prior knowledge to gather, analyze, and synthesize information to create dynamic solutions.

Ginger TPLC

on 17 July 2010

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Transcript of The Life Practice Model at Turning Point Learning Center

the Life Practice Model Turning Point Learning Center
http://turningpointterriers.com Truths Life Practice Habits Global Connections Student-centered team work
Responsibility for time and task management
Responsibility for environment and surroundings
Goal setting Soft skills Skills Behaviors Habits Truths The instructors at Turning Point Learning Center are developing a highly engaging and effective model of project based learning known as the Life Practice Model. In short, Life Practice is an educational approach with a foundation in Skills, Behaviors, and Habits that are designed to move instruction from sit and get to developing the action learners need for success in life.
Project Based Learning
Hands on
Active learning
Problem solving
Student centered
Inquiry driven
Flexible pacing
Flexible curriculum
Rigorous expectations Project Based Learning Self-starters
activate prior knowledge
to thrive in
a dynamic world Skills Experienced learners
create global solutions Digital citizenship
High use of technology
Empathy with others' situations
Understanding of global issues and problems
Empowered problem solvers
Integrated themes
Networking with cohorts Engaged learners are
neither bell-bound
nor wall-bound Behaviors Teacher Behaviors Learner Behaviors Student Behaviors thought-provoking
creating a sense of urgency
creating "speed bumps" for student comfort-levels
daily project/process mentors
keepers of the "compass"
provoking creative thinking and expression
promoting use of 21st century skills, tools
caring deeply for each learner as a person actively engaging in thought
developing time/task management
willing to challenge own comfort levels
seeking own mentorships
learning to read the "compass"
developing creative thought and expression
utilizing 21st century skills, tools
caring for self and learner cohorts collaborative
personal-growth oriented
motivation / impulse control
open to continuous learning
creating a sense of humor
helping to read their own educational “compass” teachers and students
together as learners
The essential tools required for cultivating a solid informational platform.
Students need to understand how to continue working as a beginning learner, even when mastery is near. In this way, they are open to new skills, information, and ideas. The essential tools required for developing life-long growth in ourselves. These carry across all aspects of our lives.

meta cognition
impulsivity control
open to wonderment
sense of humor
risk-taking Knowledge Habits Personal Habits The essential tools required for developing career enjoyment and growth within the world of work.

effective communication
consideration of self and others
technological fluency
complex problem-solver
pride in personal accomplishments Careers Habits IS ALWAYS:
Expected to freely access information with teachers and students as learners in the local and digital world

Build a trusting community of active and ravenous learners

Learning community is questioning, searching for accuracy and precision in work

Communicating to the world through varying modes of distribution / publishing / feedback / revision

Concrete and virtual surroundings emulate Current and FUTURE world of work

Sometimes "messy" as students learn to manage their own time/task/materials The Education
Environment IS NEVER:
designed to allow elitism, or student over student, teacher over student, or teacher over teacher


entirely teacher-created

ingenuine (needs real-world, real relationships)

blocked (technology tools)

afraid of or resistant to change

alone or isolated in an echoing room

learning in a vacuum that lets work disappear after one presentation


"good enough" from student OR teacher PBL + Global Connections
= PBL + Soft Skills
= Global Connections + Soft Skills
While it is our duty to prepare students with knowledge, it is also imperative to help students develop Personal and Career Habits. These habits are universal; regardless of the path a person chooses in life. As part of the Life Practice Model, this holistic approach to learning allows students to develop into adults more prepared for the real world. Turning Point Learning Center recognizes and embraces the importance of the fundamental building blocks within academic learning. Understanding and applying the basic skills knowledge within the four content areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts is high priority to our staff.

However, measuring student learning with these one-dimensional views is a disservice to children. TPLC educators recognize that real life application of academic skills are the true measurement of success for the entire educational process.

For that reason, TPLC is focused on giving students the experiences at practicing these life skills that students need to be able to thrive in their futures.

Finally, students and staff utilize rigorous online learning, supplemented with hands-on activities for real life skills building. We feel that students need to develop not only traditional academic skills, and the ability to apply those skills in real life situations, but but also digital excellence in order to be well-prepared for their futures in the 21st Century. Review of the
Life Practice Model
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