How might we mix up teaching and learning at our school by developing a creative, engaging, and interactive set of short courses for our new "Tornado Term"?
The McCallie School, a boys' boarding and day school in Chattanooga that serves students in grades 6-12, developed the idea of offering a two-week-long "Tornado Term" in the middle of their academic year to provide opportunities for their faculty and students to experiment with immersive, collaborative, hands-on learning around topics that would ignite new passions in their students. The school partnered with Leadership+Design to create these courses, spending a full day engaged in creative play, ideation, and imaginative exploration to dream up what might be possible for Tornado Term offerings. In the morning, faculty members learned and practiced the habits and mindsets of designers by creating hypothetical learning adventures around topics they knew nothing about. By the afternoon, they were ready to put their new skills to work prototyping courses for the Tornado Term through collaborative efforts, and refining the first drafts of these ideas through exchanging feedback with their colleagues. Using these early prototypes as a starting point, faculty members have further refined their courses over the course of the fall, and McCallie is now ready to launch their very first Tornado Term in February. Courses are team-taught by two teachers, who have been given license to explore their own passions and interests alongside their students, who will have no other academic commitments during the mini-term. Courses range from "Crime Scene Investigation" to "Yoga and Climbing" to "Digital Storytelling" and beyond.
Click here for a look at the full 2017 McCallie School Tornado Term catalog.
Experience Designers: Garrett Mason and Carla Silver