What happens at JTM from 9-9:45am each day?
So glad you asked!
During this time, we strive to meet the needs of our students. It isn’t an amorphous mystery, butit is indeed constantly changing, and there are many moving pieces. This time is designed to be fluid,
so as our students’ needs change, we can respond accordingly. Here’s a snapshot of happenings.
Mondays: 5th grade
Tuesdays: 6th grade
Wednesdays: 7th grade
Thursdays: 8th grade
During IB seminar, we address higher order thinking skills, social consciousness, academic achievements, and current events. First semester, this seminar takes place mostly in the auditorium with Ms. Price and the core teachers, and second semester it will take place mostly in the classrooms. Examples of topics: Overcoming challenges by developing empathy, adjusting our thinking by changing perspectives, science & technical innovation and examining their cost/benefit analysis, and designing solutions to real world problems using the IB design cycle.
What does the IB Seminar accomplish?
Common Experiences – shared language, information about current events, background knowledge & vocabulary
Action Hours – communication regarding requirements, documentation, & opportunities
Reinforcement of the IB Learner Profile
Introduction of Global Contexts (formerly the Areas of Interaction) – via human interest stories, international content, current events
Literacy Focus – integration of lessons requiring reading & writing
Design Cycle – hands-on, inquiry based activities (students return to classrooms for this)
Project-Based Learning inspirations & showcases (2nd semester)
Student council elections & governance
Gradual release to core teachers to take over delivery during second semester
ENCORE students empowered to help develop IB lessons second semester
Topics & Events
What is IB? What’s required?
Schoolhouses Around the World
Richie Parker Story: A man with disabilities who sees challenges as opportunities
Liters of Light: How a single liter bottle of water can bring light into electricity deserts
Textbook towers: Using the IB design cycle to solve a problem
Hawaiian molasses spill: Developing a plan for clean up
The impact of using social media to inspire change
The evolution of a toy: A tool to detonate landmines in Afghanistan
Designing balloon racecars
The World in 100 People -- graphs, charts, diagrams
FOOD: Facing Our Own Decisions — a presentation by Vanderbilt undergrads
Cancer awareness – a presentation by our very own Hillsboro High School IB students
Cardboard Box City: Homeless awareness
School supply drive for our JTM students & teachers
Spanish for High School Credit
Students enrolled in Spanish for high school credit meet 9-9:45am Monday through Friday. This course is taught by Ms. Watters. Due to the course demands, students in Spanish for high school credit do not attend the whole school assemblies on Fridays.
Band & Strings
Students in band & strings, a year-long course, attend a related arts rotation from 9-9:45am, Monday through Thursday. On Friday, they attend whole-school assemblies. If students are not proficient or advanced on DEA (Discovery Education Assessment), they will attend one of the classes indicated below.
Intervention, Extension, & Enrichment
The name of the class is rather inconsequential. The words “intervention," “ extension,” and “ enrichment" are used interchangeably, but the bottom line is that we are responding to our students’ needs with our available faculty and resources. Students are placed into a class based on their most recent DEA (Discovery Education Assessment) results. Therefore, this time is fluid, and student placement changes quickly — sometimes as frequently as every two weeks, depending on student data. At each grade level, we conduct literacy support classes, math support classes, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) opportunities. Additionally, as part of Grading for Learning, students often retake assessments during this time.
5th/6th grades are gearing up for a shift in placements soon, whereas 7th and 8th grades will be taking the DEA the first week of December, so shifts will occur shortly thereafter.
We use Friday morning time for whole-school assemblies in the gym. Dr. Hughes and Ms. Allen address students, and we build citizenship and communicate expectations. We often have guest speakers or presentations that help us relate to one another, and inspire us to be our personal best.
Talking Points With Students
Ask your scholar: "Where do you go during intervention?” (They’ll likely call ANYTHING that happens during that time “intervention,” but it does not necessarily mean remediation.)
“Who is your teacher?"
“What do you do during that time? How is class time spent?”
“Do you do the same thing every day? What’s your weekly schedule?”
“What do you like best about those classes? What is the most challenging? What would you change that could result in higher achievement?"
“Do you know how you got into that class? How were your DEA scores?” (7th & 8th DEA testing is scheduled for the first week of December, so students may not know the answer to this yet.)
Consulting Teacher and International Baccalaureate Coordinator
J.T. Moore Middle School | 4425 Granny White Pike | Nashville, TN 37204 | 615.298.8095 x 1850