• Paideia Seminars - What do they look like?

    Posted by Nicole Lemmon at 10/27/2016

    Are you curious about what happens during a Paideia Seminar?  During the seminar, students are actively engaged in speaking and listening while the teacher or facilitator asks open-ended questions about a text.  Sometimes the text is a piece of art, a story, a poem, or any other type of text.

    Before the seminar conversation begins students create personal and group goals.  They also prepare for the discussion by participating in content-based activities.

    After the seminar students go through the writing process to complete a task to show their understanding of the seminar ideas and values and core content.  

    Check out these videos created by the National Paideia Center of Brooks students participating in Paideia Seminar.




    Brooks Museum Magnet.6.2016.b from Laura Billings on Vimeo.

    Brooks Museum Magnet.6.2016.a from Laura Billings on Vimeo.

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  • What does a museums magnet look like?

    Posted by Nicole Lemmon at 10/2/2015

    Join us for a Tour! 


    Museums Approaches to Learning


     Projects are exhibited in the building, creating a museum of student work. 

    Museums are used as places of learning and are extensions of the classroom. 
    Primary sources are utilized, such as guests, objects, and information in the real world.


    Visual Thinking Strategies

    Where does your eye go in this picture? 

    What is going on in this picture?    

    What do you see? 

    What more can we find based on what you see?

    Wonder Questions

    I see, I think, I wonder

    Responsive Classroom

    We must know our children individually, culturally, and developmentally.  The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.  At Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary, we use Morning Meeting as a framework.




    Paideia Philosophy



    (from the National Paideia Center)

    From the Greek, pais, paidos, the nurturing of the child.  Term implies holistic education that leads to physical, emotional, and intellectual maturity over the course of a lifetime.  Paideia program introduced as an approach to American education in the early 1980s by Mortimor Adler.  Paideia embodies an educational experience that prepares students to participate fully in a democratic society over the course of their entire lives.

    Three Columns of Instruction

    Didactic                 Coaching          Seminar


    Curriculum Integration


    Students participate in quarterly units that integrate museums approaches, Paideia philosophy, and arts-integrated learning.  Each unit of study includes a Paideia Seminar, study-guided experiences, and a culminating coached project.

    MITs (Museums Integration Team) integrate core content with Music, Art, Physical Education, Media, and Science.

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