A new educational model that was adopted by Monroe County School Corporation last year led to the creation of a new type of school, one based on hands-on training and computer skills. Now, that school welcomes its second class of students.
Bloomington’s New Technology High School opened its doors in the fall of 2008. This year’s class totals an estimated 140 more students. Principal Alan Veach says New Tech has added three new teachers and is the only school in Monroe County to offer a Chinese language course. “We have added some new things for our sophomores, to strengthen the curriculum, by adding additional curricular electives.”
New Technology High School uses a method called, Project Based Learning, which is more hands-on training. This method also allows students the opportunity to have a more independent learning environment.
“It’s challenging, college placed curriculum, taught with Project Based Learning with student engagement and projects,” Veach said.
This year the school also adopted a partnership with Ivy Tech. Students are able to learn and earn credits which will transfer to the community college. Though Veach admits the first year was challenging, he says the staff has learned how to assist incoming freshman with the transition to what’s called a “project based learning model.”
“It’s a real challenge for students to switch to this model because they have had eight years of very traditional model, we really demand they take responsibility for their own learning,” Veach said. “We don’t tell them what to go learn, but rather we coach them along the way and help facilitate their learning.”
Veach says this year the staff members are more prepared to assist incoming freshman with the transition that they weren’t able to address last year.