Independent Inquiry Program
Your curiosity will drive your journey to discover more about the world around you with guided checkpoints along the way. You will have an opportunity to explore 'the high adventure' of learning when it is defined under your own terms and driven by your questions of investigation.
21st Century Learning
Learning in the classroom has dramatically changed over the last twenty years. Dry Erase, Smart Boards, Elmo's, and Web Quests help teachers engage students in the classroom while computers and apps extend important written communication skills. Are we doing our best teaching students necessary 21st Century Skills?
PLANTING THE SEEDS OF KNOWLEDGE
Classroom learning provides a warm environment to nurture the whole child; to challenge each and every one "to be the best that they can be" and "to grow to be contributors of our communities".
STUDENT SKILLS: Knowledge and Understanding
Providing access to good books (fiction and non-fiction) through Guided Reading (Fountas and Pinnell, 1987); small and large group discussions; writing, reflecting and sharing our findings are integral parts of learning. Written communication that fosters descriptive, persuasive, and expository genres as well poetry, research, and free verse. Independent reading and reading to others helps target 'Tier 2 Academic' words that are typically found in written texts but rarely used in regular everyday language.
It is our challenge to bring the world of learning to all children, regardless of the socio-economic status by extending the reach of our teachers, business and community leaders, and educational institutions so that every child reaches their fullest potential or at least knows what questions to ask and what resources to use to find the answers to their questions after they leave the classroom.
Extending the Learning
Our world-class museums have a wealth of knowledge, secrets, and mystery to unfold for our children. Using our resources both in and out of class time benefits our communities.
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Introducing students to the world of work whether it is joining a team of scientists building a Mars Land Rover; food chemists; or detectives on a CSI case. Bring the work into the classroom and make the learning relevant to the lives of all students in order to get an understanding as to the needs of our communities.