The New Vision Program

New Vision Learning Center believes in order for a child to nurture a mindful existence, the needs of the whole child must be met. These include academia, emotional, physical and abstract components. New Vision Learning Center provides educational support to students grades 6-12. This can include acting as an aid or extension to a parent’s homeschooling program through an entire educational program, and/or through tutoring and special classes.

The New Vision Learning Center is not limited by four walls. It is a place where the arts and sciences blend into a finely balanced scale allowing creative exploration and experiences. Experience is the only thing that cannot be taught. It is a journey of which we travel. The world is the classroom: where Hamlet can be found at the theatre; where ecological literacy and sustainability is not only wildlife preserves, but global forums to design solutions; where a rock is not a rock, it lives; where experience is our teacher and where the teacher asks the questions; where we look up to the possibilities found in the clouds and lie down to listen to the earth breathe; where the thinking mind and the heart brain merge; where aesthetics is art and listening is science, where field trips equal immersion of culture; where meditation is the quieting of the mind and passion is the mission of our Soul; where guests appear and inhibitions disappear; where nourishment is more than food and drink and where yoga is for health; where shadowing is not a technique in art, but a life-skill experience; where the world is a stage in the play of Life where roles reveal purpose and the plot is serenity.

Curriculum

I. Safe Environment
  1. Physically
  2. Emotionally
    1. Open-mindedness
    2. Respect
      1. Come from a place of Love
      2. Disperse fear
      3. Allow other’s opinions
      4. Mindful voice: tone, inflection; body gestures
    3. Belief systems and behavior change
II. Academia
  1. Reading, writing, listening, speaking; cross curriculum
  2. Guided (facilitator, coach, peer), independent, group
  3. Assignments choice or teacher assigned
    1.  Product/task
    2. Assessment/rubric
III. Study Skills
  1. Cornell Notes (Listening)
  2. Column Notes (Reading)
  3. Reflection (Thinking)
IV. Assessments
  1. Summative –  at the conclusion of a defined instructional period or skill development, project or unit
  2. Formative – tracking student progress on a daily or minute by minute basis to inform (verbal/non-verbal) both the facilitator and student about specific needs for intervention in terms of scaffolding or greater complexity. Some examples include:
    1. Exit tickets
    2. Two- to four-question quizzes
    3. Journaling
    4. Observational checklists
    5. Student questions
    6. Work product
    7. Reflections
    8. Discussion/participation
V. Strength perspective focus on learning styles (Gardner)
  1. Visual-Spatial – thinks in terms of physical space; observes, imagines
  2. Logical Mathematical – likes to classify, sequence, and problem solve
  3. Linguistic – uses words effectively; drawn to technology, discussion
  4. Bodily-kinesthetic – excels using manipulatives and prefer to participate actively
  5. Musical – shows sensitivity to rhythm and sound; studies by listening to recordings related to the topic
  6. Interpersonal – likes group projects and discussion with others
  7. Intrapersonal – understands one’s own interests, works independently
  8. Naturalist intelligence – ability to recognize and categorize plants, animals and other objects in nature
  9. Existential intelligence – sensitivity and capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence such as, What is the meaning of life? Why do we die? How did we get here?   (Source: Thirteen ed online, 2004)
VI. Strength perspective focus on personality style
  1. Director
  2. Influencer
  3. Stabilizer
  4. Perfectionist
VII. Similarities and Differences of the Mind (Carl Jung)
  1. All minds engage in perception and judgment
  2. All minds differ in the way they perceive and judge information
  3. Four functions of the mind:
    1. Perceptions
      1. Sensing (Hand)
      2.  Intuition (Eye)
    2. Judgment
      1. Thinking (Head)
      2.  Feeling (Heart)
VIII. Differentiation
  1. The process of “ensuring that what a student learns, how he or she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he or she has learned is a match for that student’s readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning.” (Carol Ann Tomlinson)
  2. We are all traveling to the same destination by way of varying vehicles and pace.
  3. Four ways to differentiate (Anderson, 2007)
    1. Content
    2. Process
    3. Product
    4. Learning environment
  4. Readiness (Carol Ann Tomlinson)
    1. Foundational versus transformational
    2. Abstract versus concrete
    3. Independent versus dependent
    4. Student pace
    5. Connect teaching to reality
  5. Student variables
    1. Needs
    2. Educational backgrounds
    3. Attention spans
    4. Interests
    5. Cultural backgrounds
    6. Language abilities
IX. Reasoning Skills
  1. Debates
  2. Socratic Seminars
  3. Compare/Contrast
  4. Argument
  5. Questioning
  6. Claim/Counterclaim
X. Critical Thinking in Everyday Life (Critical Thinking Community)
  1. Use “Wasted” Time
  2. A Problem A Day
  3. Internalize Intellectual Standards
  4. Keep An Intellectual Journal
  5. Reshape Your Character
  6. Deal with Your Ego
  7. Redefine the Way You See Things
  8. Get in touch with your emotions
  9. Analyze group influences on your life.
XI. Subjects
  1. Creative
    1. Writing
    2. Art
    3. Photography
    4. Music
      1. Drum/rhythmic
      2. Instrument
      3. Vocal
  2. Meditation
  3. Yoga
  4. Quantum physics
  5. Geography/social studies/history
  6. Ecological Literacy
  7. Holistic: food, medicine
  8. Gemology
  9. Palaeontology
  10. Animal Themes
  11. Ecotherapy
  12. Sustainability
XII. Life skills
  1. Basic finances
    1. How to save
    2. How to write checks and balance a checkbook
    3. How to create a budget
    4. How to handle money
    5. How to make change
  2. Taxes
  3. Mortgage
  4. Interest
  5. Establish credit
  6. How to buy a house/car
  7. Career skills
    1. Professionalism
    2. employment applications
    3. resume writing
    4. interviewing
    5. salary negotiation
  8. S.M.A.R.T. goals
    1. Specific
    2. Measurable
    3. Attainable
    4. Realistic
    5. Timely
    6. Communication skills
      1. Presentation
      2. Public speaking
      3. Actor’s tools utilization
    7. Voice – inflection, volume, enunciation, tone
    8. Body movement
    9. Gestures
    10. Facial expressions
      1. Social interaction
      2. Networking
      3. Conversation
    11. Organizational skills
    12. Time Management
    13. Leadership skills
    14. Study skills/learning how to learn
    15. Survival skills
    16. Negotiation skills
    17. Tell analog time
    18. Write signature
    19. Career vision and mission
    20. Mind mapping
    21. Government
    22. Manners and etiquette
  9. Communication skills
    1. Presentation
    2. Public speaking
    3. Actor’s tools utilization
      1. Voice – inflection, volume, enunciation, tone
      2. Body movement
      3. Gestures
      4. Facial expressions
  10. Social Interaction
    1. Conversation
    2. Manners and etiquette
  11. Time Management
  12. Leadership Skills
  13. Study Skills
  14. Survival Skills
  15. Negotiation Skills
  16. Analog Time
  17. Write Signature
  18. Career Vision and Mission
  19. Government
XIII. Cultural Immersion
  1. Field Trips
    1. Local
    2. National
    3. Global
  2. Volunteer Work/Shadow Professionals
  3. Vocation/Career Immersion
    1. Physical therapy
    2. Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine
    3. Animal shelter/healing
    4. Hospital
    5. Hospice
    6. Drum/flute making
    7. Media
    8. TBA