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Teacher Spotlight: Dr. Gary Bicker

By Ken Davis
Published: 2020-01-13 06:34:59

Project-based learning (PBL) is an effective instructional method by which students engage in a project for an extended period of time to explore an authentic question, investigate solutions and showcase their work, and it very much aligns with the RVIS mission and goals of personalization and learner agency. PBL is not new to Dr. Bicker who states, I have employed Project Based Learning as my main strategy since my first year of teaching. Projects create excitement, while tests create fear, so PBL is a no-brainer in my view.

It is no wonder he gets messages such as these from his students: "Thank you very much for assigning interesting, engaging, fun projects like these. I've never seen anything like it before! I'm looking forward to getting started."

Dr. Bicker has been leading RVIS students on these amazing quests for the past four years. Not only is the learning authentic and engaging, it involves complex problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, research, questioning, collaboration and public speaking, all invaluable skills for our students.

This semester, Dr. Bicker is mentoring a student teacher as she completes her practicum in his class. What a feat to complete student teaching during Virtual School, but she could not have a better mentor than Dr. Bicker, with his expertise in PBL and experience teaching Virtual School previously. Please take a moment to recognize Dr. Bicker and the many talents he contributes to RVIS. Thank you Dr. Bicker!

Igniting Imaginations: The Success of RVIS's First STEAM Event
By: Ken Davis
Director of Marketing and Admissions
Published: 2023-09-20 05:44:54
Riveting catapults and soaring imaginations marked the inaugural STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) event at RVIS this past Thursday....
RVIS Back to School: Fostering Student Agency, Building Community, and Strengthening Partnerships
By: Deena Alreefy
Marketing and Community Relations Liaison
Published: 2023-09-20 05:40:45
The RVIS community came alive with excitement as we hosted two memorable Back to School events, each designed to bring parents closer to their child's educational journey. The Secondary Back to School Night, held on Wednesday, September 13, set the stage f...
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Ms. Camila Vasconcelos: Inspiring Artistic Exploration and Cultural Celebration
By: Deena Alreefy
Marketing and Community Relations Liaison
Published: 2023-09-13 06:20:14
In the realm of education, there are teachers who go above and beyond their classroom duties, leaving a lasting impact on their students' lives. One such remarkable educator is Ms. Camila Vasconcelos, the latest addition to the RVIS Art Department....
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