The students choose among the parts to build model bicycles.
While clusters of students work at stations assembling miniature two-wheelers, others rotate through a lesson on the computer and reason through a problem about parallel triangles the old-fashioned way — with paper and pencil. Students rarely see textbooks here at the Manchester School of Technology High School MST-HS , a low-slung utilitarian building a few miles from the river where high-tech businesses occupy former textile mills. Students buttress their classroom learning with real-world experiences — such as building a house or working as a chef — to help prepare for future careers.
Welcome to what, in some ways, may be a prototype of the high school of tomorrow. Here, vocational education meets cutting-edge academic innovation. The four-year public institution itself is embedded within a career and technical education center that has long served juniors and seniors from other high schools who come to take work-related courses.
While the focus on career development here is stronger than at most high schools, MST-HS is symbolic of efforts across the United States to make education more relevant and engage students with new approaches. In an age of struggling public schools and rising global competition, education officials are searching for ways to break out of the pervasive industrial-age school structures — think minute class periods, rote lecture-style teaching, and age-based grade levels.
Some schools now wrap learning around community projects. Others have students create portfolios and do internships. Still others incorporate students into decisionmaking for how the school or classroom will operate. Some of the boldest experimentation is going on in New Hampshire. Initiatives are popping up across the state.
One district, in Rochester, N. Rochester and eight other districts are also part of a first-in-the-nation pilot project in which achievement is measured by performance on tasks created by teams of teachers, rather than on standardized tests.
MST-HS has become its own showcase of innovation, created with students like Hope in mind, students who might not flourish in a traditional high school but enjoy learning math and other skills with the help of sprockets and spokes. Tessa Arrigo sits at a drafting board, her pink polished nails gently turning a compass to bisect an angle.
She swivels on her stool to consult a computer for a self-paced series of 26 exercises in instrument drafting. The classroom — a sleek studio with state-of-the-art equipment and a creativity-inducing vibe — was designed by teacher and architect Stephen Koziatek. It has a lounge area for brainstorming and critiques, and shelves suspended from the ceiling to display models made with 3-D printers.
She opens her portfolio to a drawing of her mermaid chair. She has a beach-themed bedroom and recently dreamed up the scallop-backed seat for her industrial design project. First she had to research all the components that go into building a chair. Then she had to draw it from various angles and create an advertisement to sell it. Each career program at MST-HS has an advisory board that includes professionals and partners from local businesses and colleges. They ensure the curriculum keeps up with changes in the field, and they set up internships for students and allow them to shadow professionals.
The high-tech and academically demanding nature of some of the career programs at MST-HS often surprises people in the community, who remember its roots as a vocational school in the s. Education policy makers understand that the world of work has changed, and that for long-term success, some college-level education is going to be required for most people to earn a living wage.
During open houses, teachers tell prospective students they have to be self-motivated. But students also have to take ownership of their learning. That blows their mind. In the middle of a minute block, a girl walks up to Ms. Cardin and hands in her final test for a geometry unit. The teacher immediately pulls out the materials to get the student started on the next section. In Ms. He expects to be ready to move to Geometry the following week, with two months still to go in the school year.
Matthew has some incentive: Finishing Geometry is a prerequisite for starting the popular Game Design program. The day before, freshman John Thornton had fulfilled his promise to finish Algebra I before April vacation.
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He finished six out of eight papers for the new unit that very night. Not everyone is so self-motivated. To help students not fall too far behind, teachers often work with them to set goals, and Egan even offers small prizes for meeting them. She also tracks how her students compare with similar students nationwide.adebanlora.cf/marooned-the-communion-wars-book-1.php
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Ninth- and 10th-graders perform in line with the national norm for math, she says, but 11th-graders surpass it. The self-paced approach addresses a problem many teachers around the nation face. Advanced students often feel stunted because they have to sit through the basic instruction that many of the others in class need. Some like the small setting. Some are self-proclaimed geeks or students who have been bullied in other schools and feel more comfortable here, Ms.
Machado says. Of the full-time students, about 25 percent require accommodations because of disabilities or medical issues. The school, which started in , hopes to expand, because it usually has a wait list of at least 50 students after all the seats are filled through a lottery. One is what happens if slower students never catch up.
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Toch of FutureEd. But Cardin says she has witnessed students who would be trapped in low-level classes in a traditional high school come here and surpass expectations. She points to one boy who took a year and a half to finish Algebra I, so he came into her Geometry class well into the school year.
Not everyone is excelling academically, though. Scores for reading showed similar gaps, but such disparities often reflect demographic differences — and at this school, in particular, many students struggle with traditional testing. Yet the dropout rate here is very low — less than 3 percent.
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Perhaps most unusual about the school is the inventive nature of the instruction. It requires flexibility and adventurousness on the part of both students and teachers. Robinson of the geometry and physical science class. The mingling of academics with real-world problems can lead to unexpected moments of discovery.
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