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Through various means, we at The Founders Academy encourage leadership among students both inside the classroom and outside of it. Students are always encouraged to think creatively, to share ideas and thoughts, and to be active participants in their own education. In the classroom: In using the Harkness Method, each discussion group has a student leader whose job it is to recognize which fellow student can speak and to make sure that every student in the group is given the chance. Students lead Round Table discussions or activities and presentations. They organize class projects, dramatizations, discussions, trips, and community service projects. The students are often asked to work together in small groups and even with the whole class. In the classroom, students help each other develop essays with peer editing and revision. Outside the classroom: Throughout the year student volunteers are called upon to help their peers: there is always a student ready to offer help. This is leadership in public service. At The Founders Academy students lead by planning, organizing, and delivering school-wide assemblies. Students lead by setting a positive example in how they carry themselves both in and out of the classroom in their day to day activities. Students organize school-wide celebrations for their teachers and their fellow students. They volunteer to spend hours of their summer vacation and free time to help the school  community by moving furniture and helping maintain our school. Last year, students took control of the "Hall of Presidents" display in the Humanities hallway.   Students take on important responsibilities in after school clubs, such as Drama Club and Journalism Club. Those who have more experience are expected to help train and guide those who are new. They lead in the High School Senate and Middle School House of Representatives, representing the study body, organizing school events, and creating school policies.
Posted by mmooney  On Sep 19, 2016 at 8:36 AM
“opportunities to achieve mastery (80%+) every step of the way”   “students move ahead at the appropriate academic level regardless of age”   “high expectations, clearly and thoroughly stated”   “creative thought, student participation, and active engagement”   “creative aspect of education provides the challenge”   “extension activities with every major project”   “higher level thinking skills – synthesizing information”   “applying concepts to new situations”   “think critically and creatively using standards and rubrics”   “perform real-world tasks to demonstrate essential knowledge”   "focusing on primary sources"   "getting students to develop their own ideas"   "ability to think abstractly"   "using both formal Socratic seminars and Harkness table discussions"   "develop arguments in a competitive setting"   "reinforce at home what's learned at school"   "real world applications"   "synthesize information, rather than just retain or recite it"   "project based"   "draw connections"   "insights into the text"   "understand what they are reading"   "hands-on investigations and labs"   "collaborate with others in scientific investigations"
Posted by joanna.marcotte  On Mar 05, 2016 at 2:13 PM
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