Learning Plans are the cornerstone of everything a student creates at Gibson Ek. Every learning cycle, students articulate their visions for their futures, and then set goals to work toward their visions.
Students design their project work, pursue their internships, and select their labs, guided by their Learning Plan. During exhibition at the end of each of the year’s three learning cycles, students demonstrate the degree to which they achieved their goals.
Learning Plans typically follow the outline below:
Your vision statement should reflect holistic goals for your life going forward. It should consist of narrative paragraphs with both long-term and short-term goals. It also should include personal visions which are not strictly academic or career related.
Guiding Questions (write a paragraph for each)
What do you see yourself doing after high school? Why?
How do you envision a successful rest of your high school career? Why?
What does a successful year look and feel like for you? Why?
Vision must identify your current career interest/goal and educational interests/goals.
Your goals for this learning cycle should move you closer to achieving your vision. They should be authentic to you, have real-world application, and challenge you academically. Ideally, these goals will be S.M.A.R.T.:
Specific: Not vague; leaves little room for interpretation
Measurable: Quantified or otherwise stated in a way that makes it clear exactly how you will have met your goal
Ambitious & Authentic: Challenging; will push you to work hard & be real to the work that is happening in that field
Realistic: Something that is reasonable for you to accomplish
Timely: Something you can complete or make significant progress on during this learning cycle
*Many of your goals will be projects, e.g. “My goal is to learn how to use the woodshop by building a coffee table by June.”
Some of your goals will just be goals, e.g. “Run a 5K in under 30 minutes by May.”
[From our Student Handbook]