A Commitment to Relevance and Rigor

Robert Peters Manor Texas Education
Manor New Tech’s success has been made possible by an unwavering, school-wide commitment to the new dieting and implementation of a project-based learning model (PBL). Students within the PBL model are driven to actively pursue their knowledge. From the moment a new project is introduced, students are responsible for finding out what they need in terms of resources, facts, and concepts, and what it will take to get the work done. It’s these types of learning models that teach kids how to find information, analyze, and present theories and concepts. Teachers serve as guides along the way through each step of the process and help by providing workshops to clarify certain concepts or problem solving techniques.

The PBL protocol at Manor New Tech is designed to give students the opportunity to drive their own learning sequences. Some elements may be common, such as assessments, peer reviews, and other group learning sessions. The sum of the total process along with the integrity and enthusiasm with which it is followed at Manor New Tech is a huge part of the success they’ve experienced. The Manor community loves their mantra, “This is our house.” and the community truly means it. Everyone involved in the network at Manor New Tech its here because they choose to be. Not a single student as dropped out of school in the five-years of operation, nor has any teacher left the institution out of dissatisfaction.

Manor has a success motto – and it begins with the three R’s; rigor, relevance, and relationships. Switching the order of these concepts and beginning y building relationships and then implementing relevance and rigor is also an interesting take on this concept of successful education. Ownership and autonomy are also key characteristics for success within Manor’s PBL. All teachers start with the standards presented by the state, then observe and stay true to the PBL model. Teachers are often left to their own creativity to design projects and guide students to success. This creates a wonderfully innovative and integrated ecosystem even for the teachers themselves, all while students are getting the best they can from their instructors, or more accurately, their guides. Teachers strive to provide latitude for their students int terms of how to demonstrate their knowledge, as long as the main goal is to aim for learning outcomes definite in the rubrics. This allows for freedom for expression, creativity, and knowledge.