Instructional Methods
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Learning flourishes when students are fully engaged in meaningful instruction. SJE invested in Kagan professional development with all teachers and instructional aides to accentuate structures like timed pair share, round-robin, and rally coach which involve all students in the learning process. Teachers indicate ongoing evidence of these structures in their lesson plans and highlight engagement strategies during faculty and level meetings.

Recognizing that content knowledge, inquiry skills and analytical thinking are essential in all disciplines, the learning experiences in all subjects intertwine conceptual understanding, practice, and application in a variety of ways. Students begin math class with a problem-solving task, investigate patterns in history during social studies, analyze data from science experiments, and use critical thinking to interpret nuances in literature. Journals, technology presentations, hands-on labs and activities, projects, dialogue, and written tests provide both summative and formative assessment of student learning.

Flexible grouping, small group instruction, and instructional classroom aides afford teachers the opportunity to address student needs directly. Middle school students may consult with teachers twice a week during study hall to solidify understanding and seek additional help if needed.