MISSION MONDAY: Hacks and Happenings

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Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

In order to alleviate some of the stress middle school students may experience and to help them meet the demands of content-area subjects, the seventh-grade team has begun the school year by sharing shortcuts, or “hacks,” to help with students’ daily lives.

The yearlong program, Hacks and Happenings, aims to help students continuously improve their problem-solving skills. Areas of focus so far this school year have included a growth mindset that encourages persistence, metacognition, organization skills, a reflection of “how long does it take you to get ready to learn?” and a planning flash mob.

These authentic experiences help students meet curriculum state standards, as well as become more self-aware, while using skills including critical and creative thinking.

Upon completion of seeking and applying each weeklong hack, students reflect in their journals about how they improved in the areas and where they would like to make more of an effort.