MicroSociety

What makes our school a MicroSociety?

 

An educational program which seeks to balance academic growth with social development.

 

Students are provided with real-world experiences through collaboration with staff as well as the community.

 

Traditional academic subjects are studied, then applied “on the job”.

 

Our School Mission Statement - STUDENT  Version

Noah Webster School is a community of active learners who are accepted and safe. We respect and encourage each other to create a life-long love of learning.

 

Our School Mission Statement – ADULT  Version

 Noah Webster School is a community with high academic expectations, where cultural diversity is celebrated, and parent and community participation is a key to student success. We believe that providing a safe and nurturing environment where children and adults are respected, appreciated, valued, and encouraged to develop will create a sense of belonging and a life-long love of learning. It is our mission to guide students along this path by:

Nurturing the unique heart, mind, and body of each child by using a variety of teaching methods and instructional strategies that address different learning styles.

Encouraging students to strive to their fullest potential by meeting challenging academic standards in every content area through authentic learning experiences that address and solve real life problems.

Creating a teaching and learning environment in which all staff continually receive opportunities to upgrade skills and to reflect and assess effective teaching practices.

 

What is a MicroSociety?

 In the MicroSociety program, students collaborate with parents, community members, and teachers to build a miniature community in the school and establish a center of commerce and governance in which every child and adult participates. Children create and manage business ventures that produce goods and services. They also run agencies that handle governmental functions and lay the groundwork for organized accountability.

 

A MicroSociety has six strands: technology, economy, academy, citizenship and government, humanities and arts, and heart (volunteerism and the ethical aspects of society). MicroSociety also has 12 essential elements: an internal currency; a retail labor market; private property; public property; organizations such as ventures, agencies, and nonprofits; agreement on a common purpose; definition of personal goals by teachers and students; meaningful contact with parents; meaningful contact with community partners; teacher planning time for the program; and a technology strand.

 

This program allows children to create a miniature society in the school; adapts instruction to real world experience; incorporates democratic ideals and entrepreneurship in a culturally sensitive community; and helps children develop positive attitudes toward learning, school, themselves, and their community. It also allows teachers to draw connections between academic skills, learning, and "Micro" activities and creates many opportunities for substantive parent and community involvement.

 

How does our MicroSociety Work?

In our MicroSociety, students collaborate with parents, community members, and teachers to build a miniature community within the school. The students have created a legislature that wrote our school constitution and is making laws. There is a court system to enforce and support those laws. A group of students called the PeaceKeepers enforce our laws.

 

A student-run Post Office delivers mail within the school. Our bank is currently giving loans of our internal money, Wizard Bucks, and setting up checking accounts.

 

 Student developed and run businesses include a Newspaper, Theatre, our Symphony, a Game Show, several Museums, and many more. In each venture, the students are the leaders while teachers serve as facilitators.

 

Our MicroSociety is "live" two afternoons a week. However, many of the functions, such as the Peackeepers, student-initiated rules and mail delivery, spill over into the rest of the school day.

 

The goal of our staff in creating this environment is to prepare students to become active, caring, and responsible citizens. We hope that the children will develop positive attitudes toward learning, school, themselves, and their community.  

Forms used by ventures in our MicroSociety

Business Plan

 Profit and Loss Report

Budget Proposal Worksheet

Sales Receipts

Attendance/Payroll form

Tally Sheet

Attendance/Payroll xcel spreadsheet

Checks

Employee Sign-in

Check Ledger

Bookkeeping Basics

Deposit Slips

Expense Ledger

Employee Rubric Grades 1 - 6

Income Ledger

Resume

Some Special Features of our MicroSociety

Character Education Traits

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Program

 

 

 Visit the MicroSociety Program website to learn more about MicroSociety programs?

 

** Presentation for 2016 MicroSociety Convention on Community Gardening

 

 

A Work in progress: A Short History of NWMMS