How is our school different from traditional schools?
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
-William Butler Yeats
|Our Approach||Traditional Public School Approach|
|Emphasis on cognitive structures and|
social development toward 21st Century Skills
|Emphasis on rote knowledge|
|Teacher’s role is unobtrusive; child|
actively participates in learning
|Teacher’s role is dominant, active; child is a|
|Environment and method encourage|
internal self-discipline and social responsibility
|Teacher is primary enforcer of external|
|Individual and group instruction adapts|
to each student’s learning style
|Individual and group instruction conforms to|
the adult’s teaching style
|Mixed age grouping||Same age grouping|
|Children encouraged to teach,|
collaborate and help each other.
|Most teaching done by teacher and|
collaboration is discouraged
|Child chooses own work from interest,|
|Curriculum structured with little regard for|
|Child formulates concepts from self teaching|
|Child is guided to concepts by teacher|
|Child works as long as s/he wants on|
|Child usually given specific time for work|
|Child sets own learning pace to|
|Instruction pace set by group norm or teacher|
|Child spots own errors through feedback from|
material and learning community support.
|Errors corrected by teacher|
|Learning is reinforced internally thru|
child’s own repetition of activity;
internal feelings of success repetition.
|Learning is reinforced externally by rewards,|
|Multi-sensory materials for physical|
|Few materials for sensory, concrete|
| Child can work where s/he is comfortable,|
moves and talks at will (yet doesn’t
disturb others); group work is voluntary
|Child assigned seat; encouraged to sit still|
and listen without active learning during group sessions
|Student led Inquiry based learning projects||Teacher guided experiments|
Our STEM students will:
- Inquire about their world
- Think critically to answer relevant questions and challenges
- Explore through reading, research, and investigation
- Respect and be responsible for themselves, others, and our world
- Achieve and become life-long learners
· Use the Next Generation Science Standards, National Social Studies/Geography Standards & Common Core Standards as the guide to learning skills necessary at each age level.
Teachers are trained to be experts in effective inquiry instruction and questioning techniques.
Authentic Project Based Learning
Teachers are trained to effectively facilitate collaborative student work.
21st Century Skills Infused
4 C's - Technology used as a tool
Intentional infusion of STEM
Inquiry Instruction making sure the STEM disciplines are applied.
Skills are still explicitly taught
Students practicing the new skills using application and synthesis of data within project based learning.
the process; self-reflection
|Focus is not on correct answers but critical thinking |