One of the many exciting aspects about working in a charter school is that there are many opportunities to do something different or think outside the box. I am constantly amazed by the creativity of our students and our teachers. Sometimes this is a matter of thinking about content differently or taking a mundane task and finding a way to do it better.
Every year we celebrate Red Ribbon Week and provide a variety of platforms to help students understand the perils of drug use. One of the activities is a door decorating contest where homerooms decorate their doors to promote themes of Red Ribbon Week. This typically involves large butcher paper and cut-outs, student drawings and a few catchy slogans. To be honest, I never thought much of how to do this type of context differently until I saw what Mr. Pavone's homeroom created.
Mr. Pavone's homeroom decided to do a "digital door" that contained digital QR codes that provide additional information upon being scanned by a cell phone. This exemplifies what we teach our students here at Wesley: Sometimes the best ideas come when we approach a problem or exercise differently. A different perspective is an opportunity to approach the world from another vantage point. At the risk of sounding trite, Mr. Pavone's door did more than provide students with information about Red Ribbon Week. It opened the door to a new way of thinking about an exercise and finding a way to do it better.