Students in Chinese 1 are learning about the 4 different tones in the Chinese language. The tones graphic that was used in the lesson displayed the tones using body gestures to remember the tones. Students were challenged to create a way to remember this information and chose to create a dance as a class.
A phrase we commonly hear from adults when describing a student in Hilliard is, “That’s an ILC student”. Typically this phrase is accompanied by a conversation regarding a student that isn’t the round peg, round hole type. A year and a half ago you could make that statement and nearly 100% of education professionals would go directly to describing a credit recovery student that needed “a last chance to make it”. I always found it so interesting that people would even describe the ILC as the online recovery building. If I am being completely honest the first year or so of hearing this spread a multitude of emotions through me. Anger, frustration, helplessness, and even defensiveness. How dare they paint the ILC with such a broad brushstroke of narrow options. Read More…
Academy EDU students have been asked to visit Hilliard Crossing Elementary every other Friday to help plan and implement genius hour projects throughout the building. These projects are student-driven and offer students a creative outlet to explore their passions. Our EDU students (future teachers) are gaining authentic experience while working hand in hand with the elementary students. It is a wonderful opportunity for a partnership in which the students from Crossing are able to receive help while the students from Academy EDU prepare for their future.
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There is simply too much smiling here at the ILC. Even if I want to be grumpy it’s almost impossible. It doesn’t matter if it’s a student, teacher, or an administrator passing through. I wanted to put my finger on what it is, so I started paying attention to the little things. I found the smiling to be loud on students that are returnees from last year. These are the students that came tip toeing into the halls of the ILC last year, unsure of what challenge they just signed up for. This year you might as well have a sports team-esque banner they are running through and breaking into two pieces. Chests are puffed out a little bit, heads are tilted slightly up, and winks plus smiles thrown at their teachers they remember from last year. These students are walking around talking to the newbies like they’ve been vacationing at the ILC for generations and pointing out the “cool” and “must see” spots. Smiles in the form of OWNERSHIP is this little thing I notice here. Read More…
If you were around for the planning of the Innovative Learning Center you would have heard a very common question.
Simply put, here’s why. School isn’t a one size fits all hat that looks cool worn backwards anymore. Neither is the ILC. There isn’t one solution that will make every student succeed. There aren’t round holes that we plug round students into. We have squares, triangles, and shapes we don’t have names for. You know what we didn’t anticipate? The different shapes of teachers and the success they would experience. The magic happens when you take outlier students and pair them with outlier teachers. We have had plenty of magic this year.
“The Why” is a student that finds their musical passion. “The Why” is a student that wouldn’t attend school without a police escort, but thrives instead. “The Why” is a student that wants to create virtual worlds instead of writing papers, and believe it or not, learns just the same. “The Why” is the student that graduates HS as a sophomore in college status. “The Why” is the students going on to be teachers. “The Why” is the state finalist competing with his business plan. “The Why” is three high schools sitting in one class, not caring what type of cat they are. “The Why” is a student finding their reality with the Blue Jackets. “The Why” is a senior saying this was the greatest part of their Hilliard experience. “The Why” is a student creating Happy videos, simply because she’s happy. “The Why” is the last chance for some students to see graduation. “The Why” is a staff seeking, questioning, and growing. “The Why” is the staff defining themselves not only by successes, but also by failures.
The easiest way to put it is, “The Why” is our students and staff, finding their Why.
I guess a better answer to the simple question of “Why?” would have been, “Why Not?”, the ILC isn’t for this kid, or that kid. It’s not for every student. It’s not for every teacher. It’s for those that want to find their why and are willing to fail along the way. The beautiful thing about Hilliard City Schools is that you have choice and excellence at all buildings. So why not reach every student and teacher that you can?
The giant ear to ear grins on student and staff faces all year long is my Why. No other reason needed.
Thank you to all those who supported this unbelievable journey. As Cecil Beaton said “Be Daring, Be Different, Be Impractical; Be Anything that Will Assert Integrity of Purpose and Imaginative Vision Against the Play it Safers, the Creatures of the Commonplace, and the Slaves of Ordinary. See you in the fall.