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Students Learn Through Big Picture Experiences

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Bria Woods making a presentation in front of her schoolmates Bria Woods making a presentation in front of her schoolmates
Bria's mentor and her mother, Deidre Woods Bria's mentor and her mother, Deidre Woods
Principal Ralph Tagg Principal Ralph Tagg

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - All teachers will tell you that not every student learns in the same way.

Some are good with standardized tests, while others are good with memorization.

But, there's something exciting happening with the learning process in one Metro school.

Nashville Big Picture High School, housed at the Wharton building on Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard, offers a personalized curriculum for 60 ninth graders.

One student, Bria Woods presented her third quarter exhibition, which one teacher said represented a lot of the work she's done this semester.

"The Big Picture High School is a non-traditional high school and we try to do things different," said Principal Ralph Tagg.

Tagg is the principal of Metro's newest project. He, like Bria's mother and advisor, attended Bria's recent presentation to support her.

It counts toward her final exam grade.

The Nashville Big Picture High School opened in August as an alternative for students who might not thrive in a typical high school environment.

"The school is very small. That makes our relationships better," Tagg said.

Each student is arranges an internship. Bria is working with wedding planner Angela Proffitt of Elegant Weddings.

"I'm so blown away," Proffitt said. "When I was your age I could never stand up in front of my peers," Proffitt said to Bria.

Tagg said the students see "how the real world relates to their learning."

There are 38 other Big Picture schools across the United States.

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