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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
passive participant
Environment and method encourage
internal self-discipline and social responsibility
Teacher is primary enforcer of external
discipline
Individual and group instruction adapts
to each student’s learning style
Individual and group instruction conforms to
the adult’s teaching style
Mixed age groupingSame 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,
abilities. 
Curriculum structured with little regard for
child’s interest
Child formulates concepts from self teaching
materials.
Child is guided to concepts by teacher
Child works as long as s/he wants on
chosen project.
Child usually given specific time for work
Child sets own learning pace to
internalize information.
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,
discouragements
Multi-sensory materials for physical
exploration development
Few materials for sensory, concrete
manipulation
 Child can work where s/he is comfortable,
moves and talks at will (yet doesn’t
disturb others); group work is voluntary
and negotiable.
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.


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Inquiry Instruction

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.

Emphasis on

the process; self-reflection

Focus is not on correct answers but critical thinking