“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
Our purpose at JCS is to encourage habits of mind that will allow our students to become competent, critical and imaginative thinkers. By nurturing strong, integrated thinking in our students, we nurture the same in the world at large.
This “competency-based” structure focuses on the idea that being a good learner involves a discernible set of thinking behaviors. We want our students to become responsible for the quality of their work and the depth of their learning.
Aspects of the Reflection and Evaluation Process:
- Working closely with students to establish clear learning competencies and criteria for evaluation.
- Utilizing a variety of qualitative and quantitative evaluation formats such as projects, exams, presentations and performances.
- Providing opportunities for on-going student self-reflection
- Individualizing and making the process effective for diverse learning styles.
- Charting growth in the learning competencies over time and identifying areas for improvement.
- Presenting parents/families with narrative reports in core subjects and competency grades across the curriculum in achievement, participation and responsibility.
Competencies Promoted at JCS:
Achievement = Critical Thinking, Creative Problem Solving
Knowledge, Understanding, Analysis, Perspective, Relevance, Accuracy, Questioning, Making Connections, Synthesis, Thinking Outside the Box
Participation = Communication and Community
Participation, Writing Process, Discussion Skills, Use of Technology/Media, Clarity, Precision, Cooperation, Teamwork, Leadership, Support of Others
Responsibility = Commitment
Attention, Follow-through, Organization, Motivation, Discipline.
Students will be evaluated on their level of Achievement, Participation, and Responsibility in every class, and their class grades will reflect an average of the three (APR).
To cite Einstein yet again, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” By promoting mastery of thinking skills and learning habits, we are teaching HOW to learn, instead of WHAT to learn. With this process of reflection and evaluation, we are cultivating refined minds with the capacity to think, express, reflect and imagine.