District’s Gaming Middle School of Choice Begins Fall 2016
BURLESON, Texas – (Feb. 19, 2016) – Burleson Independent School District (BISD) introduces its second middle school of choice, Rigorous Educational Arcade Learning Model (REALM) at Kerr Middle School. The school offers students a blended learning environment that applies game-based learning theory to its curriculum and instruction.
Various elements of instruction will be translated into gaming applications, or “gamified,” to peak student interest as they master a rigorous, individualized curriculum requiring critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to advance or “level up.” Workshops, games and quests are student-paced, engaging and motivational. Students will take a coding or computer science elective annually, in preparation for the development of their own video game, which they will present at the end of year three.
“REALM appeals to students who learn best in a more interactive, hands-on environment that is typically found outside of a traditional classroom,” said Kerr Middle School Principal Dr. Miller Beaird. “REALM is about individualized learning, workshops for small group instruction, leveling up through stages, student-managed time, 24/7 education access and an emphasis on computer science.”
Student schedules are individualized to meet specific student needs. Every Monday, a student and facilitator meet to set goals and plan the week. Physical education and fine arts classes are at set times, but the remaining portion of a student’s schedule is planned around the student’s current curriculum needs. Therefore, no two students will have the same schedule.
“REALM is another way the district is working to offer more education choices to students,” said Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson. “REALM instruction includes a focus on computer science with an emphasis on coding, enabling students to develop skill sets in the classroom that will better prepare them for college and careers.”
Students can log in to a virtual classroom at any time, as can teachers and parents who want to see real time updates on student progress.
In its first year, REALM will accept 100 sixth grade students. Students interested in attending REALM must submit applications between February 22 and 28, for interview consideration. Interviews will be conducted March 1-11, and finalists selected to attend the REALM at Kerr will be notified in late March. Commitment letters from finalists are due April 4, 2016.
ABOUT BURLESON ISD:
Burleson Independent School District serves more than 11,000 students at 16 campuses, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.
Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler
Burleson ISD Communications