Middle School - Mathematics and Reading
Middle School prepares students for continuation to secondary school. Students are supported as they navigate their way through leadership projects and independent learning using one-to-one iPad instruction.
Middle School prepares students for continuation to secondary school. Students are supported as they navigate their way through leadership projects and independent learning using one-to-one iPad and Chromebook instruction.
In Mathematics, solving realistic problems strengthens critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Student confidence and knowledge grows through engaging lessons, small group activities and use of technology. They explore problem solving using the Singapore Math approach. Students are introduced to a variety of ways in to solve problems in order to strengthen their critical thinking skills. New, more sophisticated concepts are related to past concepts and experiences.
The Reading Program is literature-based and emphasizes understanding of the standard literary tools including: main idea, supporting information, conclusions, inferences, compare and contrast, plot and character development. Students complete a variety of activities to demonstrate their understanding. They respond to their reading through writing prompts, activities and discussions. Students engage in independent reading, both at school and home, in order to master the skills taught.
As we begin another year exploring for Project, we completed a lesson in representational drawing. We are teaching the children to pay closer attention to the details in the world around them. If you were asked to draw the front and back of a one dollar bill, could you do it? What details have you noticed on an item that you have handled numerous times? The students first took the challenge to try to draw the front and back of a dollar bill from memory.
After completing the first task, they were each given a one dollar bill to draw the front and back in greater detail. They were fascinated by all of the details that they have never noticed. We talked about the different parts of the bill and began exploring the purpose of the various numbers printed on it. We are looking forward to digging deep into money and the economy for our Project!