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Turning Point Learning Center Visit

Yesterday, Mark, Colby and I took a quick one day trip to visit Turning Point Learning Center in Emporia, KS. TPLC is a K – 8 charter school with a 5th – 8th grade Face to Face program along with an online virtual school. The school also has 1:1 MacBooks for their students (which automatically makes it cooler than 99% of the schools I’ve been too)! The mission of TPLC is as follows:

The mission of Turning Point Learning Center is to create a community environment that recognizes all learners as individuals and as members of the greater community. Staff and students are viewed as continuous learners; each is challenged to grow within not only the academic, but also the social spheres of our expanding, 21st century global society.

The school was wonderful to visit, and the staff and kids were very welcoming and nice enough to let us sit in on classes and even snap a few pictures.

One thing that stuck out at me during the visit was the way these students interacted with one another. The kids were working in groups in the classes that I visited and each sat at tables with a MacBook and took the time to write up a contract when starting a new project. I overheard students divvying up the roles in the project, setting up their expectations and generally working better together than many adults I know!

After observing in the morning we were able to chat with the kids about what we’re doing at Mindfire and doing a Q&A session about our industries. These kids had tons of questions, and were digging deeper into the processes of 3D Animation and Recording Arts than many high schoolers I talk to!

Okay, so enough about how great this school is (though it is really, really great), if you’re interested in what TPLC is doing check out their website!

Also, you can follow them on Twitter and check them out on Facebook.

Until next time,
The Mindfire Crew

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