Curricular decisions will be guided by the aim of thorough student mastery and achievement rather than by an effort merely to cover content. As teachers build on interdisciplinary connections, students naturally begin to link information between and among courses, increasing the relevancy of skills and content in such courses.
Components of an Effective Lesson
The Components of an Effective Lesson is the framework designed for delivery of a comprehensive lesson. The components are as follows:
Differentiated and Standards-Based Instruction
The School’s ultimate goal is to provide a learning environment that will maximize the potential for student success. Teachers will use differentiated instructional strategies that connect with individual student's learning needs. Teachers will manage instructional time to meet the standards while providing motivating, challenging, and meaningful experiences for students to receive and process information in ways that require differentiation of experience. These instructional practices will include:
Direct Instruction (lecturing/modeling): this methodology will be used when teachers need to explain or demonstrate specific content and skills. Explicit, systematic instruction will be based on the Common Core Standards for Learning. This instruction is structured and based on mastery learning. Frequent Curriculum-based assessments help place students in ability groups for further differentiated strategies and identify students who require additional intervention.
We believe that both teachers and students need to be provided with a consistent behavior management system so that maximum time can be spent teaching and learning. Inappropriate behaviors that interfere with the learning process and the expectations set for character development can be reduced and ultimately extinguished through consistent, best-practice behavior management techniques. Behavior management based on a positive reward/point system will be in place in all classrooms from the beginning of the first year of operation. Pre-service and in-service training will be required of all teachers. Each teacher, then, will be given the opportunity to implement her/his own behavior management techniques in their respective classrooms. The ultimate goal will be to remove these systems from the classrooms, based on the theory that appropriate behaviors will be internalized and external reward systems will no longer be necessary.
Teachers will be required to document instruction of the Common Core Standards by completing daily lesson plans. Lesson plans will identify specific objectives taught and benchmarks met as listed in the curriculum. The Principal will check lesson plans weekly and conduct daily classroom walk-through’s to ensure that curricular objectives are being documented in each teacher’s lesson plan book and taught accordingly.