ECISD New Elementary School Designs, Similar to New Tech Odessa 1/9/14
CBS 7 News
January 9, 2014
Ector County ISD is in the works to build three brand new elementary schools with the help of the 129 million dollar bond passed in 2012.
The plan is to have the schools look very different than the ones we went to as kids. Instead of hallways, students will walk through a large hub pictured to the right.
The 21st Century floor plan is designed to promote new learning opportunities.
New Tech Odessa High School has already implemented what they call a 21st Century learning environment. This floor plan strays from the traditional set up allowing for project-based learning.
Simply put, Project Based Learning is taking standards the state requires and applying them to real life scenarios.
Everything is in fluid motion. Chairs are on wheels, students sit at tables; all to encourage working together for a common goal.
"It's adaptable to the needs of the students," says ECISD Project-Based Learning Specialist Tina Lopez.
And it's not just physical, the whole project based teaching style adapts to different learning styles.
"You can have first period and need to present the information one way and you know second period coming in, they may need it a different way," says Lopez.
Instead of lecturers, facilitators lead the discussions and everyone is part of the lesson.
"Everybody brings different strengths and they grow from the strengths of the other students,” says Lopez.
All of which forces students to become critical thinkers.
The school district plans to begin construction in May.
One school will be built at Kellus-Turner Park, another near 16th Street and Knox, and the other in northeast Odessa.
For more information visit http://www.ector-county.k12.tx.us/Page/25042