Two program enhancements that will prepare students for success in the 21st century are now part of the innovative curriculum at North Shore Christian.
NSCS became a beta site for a new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum. KnowAtom is next generation inquiry-based science curriculum that empowers teachers to guide students towards standards mastery using interactive experiments with a strong collaborative approach that reinforces best practices in the classroom. Hands-on labs involve children in the scientific process of asking questions, creating a hypothesis, testing, and analyzing.
The KnowAtom curriculum was written and designed by scientist and Gordon College graduate Francis Vigeant who spent significant time at NSCS delivering professional development to teachers and meeting with students.
KnowAtom’s innovative approach to science and engineering curriculum gives teachers a roadmap for the year, empowering them to lead students in meaningful, inquiry-driven learning.
Former North Shore Christian School teacher and Gordon College Professor, Dr. Donna Robinson is currently piloting a sequential school-wide Thinking Curriculum. This innovative curriculum gives students a framework to persuade, argue, analyze and elaborate on information they are already learning in the classroom.
Research supports that a combination of rigorous academics and explicit and embedded thinking skills produce successful students. The student who can apply a wide range of thinking skills to academic information is the one who can facilitate change and lead others.
Students are introduced to strategies from Paideia Seminars, Oxford Debates, Artifact Boxes, and Critical Viewing. Thinking skills and strategies addressed are: problem solving, decision making, critical thinking and information processing (including the importance of integrating research and technology with thinking.) Emphasis on thinking is especially useful for the new STEM curriculum and in language arts and history. Students build upon strategies each year as they move along a thinking continuum.