Berendo Leadership Students Empower Growth Mindset and Let in the Sunshine ☀️

Berendo Leadership Students Empower Growth Mindset and Let in the Sunshine ☀️

By: Julia Hochman, VILS Coach, Berendo Middle School

A Distance Learning silver-lining at beautiful Berendo Middle School has been an increased focus and continued prioritization of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) while empowering students as learners and designers through the ISTE standards to leverage digital creations tools in the classroom and beyond. As a Verizon Innovative Learning School (VILS), our Berendo teachers collaborate around innovative ways to increase student STEAM interest, engagement, communication skills, problem solving skills, collaboration skills, confidence, and achievement through increased access to technology.

Ms. Natalie Alvarez, Berendo Special Education and Leadership Class teacher and member of our VILS Teacher Leader Corps, designs curriculum to inspire her students to be reflective creators, develop growth mindsets, and share their voices. Eager to create opportunities for her leadership class students to advocate for themselves and reflect on their unique experiences and individual needs as learners inside and beyond the classroom, she designed and facilitated the “One Word Project.”

Through the “One Word Project,” students engaged in self-reflection, research, goal-setting, and graphic design to shape their futures and impact their communities. Students chose words that inspired them such as perseverance, determination, and focus, and defined how these words reflected and informed their diverse life experiences. Students then innovated as empowered learners and graphic designers, using the Canva app on their VILS iPads, to integrate text and images to create graphic designs highlighting their word choice and meaning.

Further leveraging the power of technology, Ms. Alvarez empowered her students to publish and share their “One Word” graphic designs on our Berendo Instagram page to inspire their peers and communities to persevere during Distance Learning and the pandemic. As seventh grade leadership student and empowered learner, Valeria Chun, writes in her Canva graphic design, “the word perseverance affects me both inside and outside of school by reminding me to keep going even if times get tough because it won’t always be this hard. This word applies to so many things such as school, work, family, relationships, and many more. It helps me endure the terrible storm so that later I can see the beautiful sunshine.”

Thank you Ms. Alvarez and Berendo student leaders for engaging in digital design-based learning and letting the sunshine in at beautiful Berendo Middle School.

(Please see Canva Graphic Design Student Work Samples Below)

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Designed by Valeria Chun (Seventh Grade, Berendo Middle School Leadership Student)

 

 

student design

Designed by Roberto Soto Lozada (Seventh Grade, Berendo Middle School Leadership Student)

Designed by Katherine Mendoza (Seventh Grade, Berendo Middle School Leadership Student)

 

 

student design

Designed by Celeste Delgado Meza (Seventh Grade, Berendo Middle School Leadership Student)