Dear Big Picture Community,
It is May and we are quickly winding down the year. It is a time of reflection, appreciation and celebration. We will soon be having our ceremonies for students that are “leveling up” and are ready to tackle the challenges of next year. This year we are excited that our graduation will be held during the day and our middle school will be joining us at the graduation. It is wonderful to be able to share such an important event with our entire community!
Last night was our Mentor Appreciation Night. It is one of our favorite events at Big Picture. Mentors were treated to a wonderful meal and meaningful accolades from advisors and students. The heart of our educational approach at Big Picture is the internship experience. In his book “Leaving to Learn”, Elliot Washor (co-founder of Big Picture Learning) says the following:
Leaving-to-learn opportunities include internships, travel, community service, work, entrepreneurial ventures, and gap years. Many schools provide a few of these opportunities, but it is rare to find whole-school leaving-to-learn programs that are open to all students in all grades, are integral part of students’ learning plans, and are awarded academic and graduation credit. By employing such programs, schools can deliver on students’ expectations and help them learn at “the edge of their competence”.
Mentors are a critical part of our leaving-to-learn educational approach. The relationships that develop between mentors and students is so important. It is how students learn and apply the knowledge, skills and professional socialization needed in a real world setting connected to their interests and passions. These experiences will increase a student’s chance to find success and happiness throughout life. We are well aware of the time and energy commitment mentors make to our students and we simply cannot thank them enough.
“There is no such thing as genuine knowledge and fruitful understanding except as the offspring of doing….this is the lesson which all education has to learn.”
Have a wonderful rest of the school year. As always, if you have any questions and/or concerns as we head into the summer months, please feel free to call, email or drop by Big Picture.
Principal, Big Picture Schools