A brain break is a short period of time when we change up the dull routine of incoming information that arrives via predictable, tedious, well-worn roadways.
Our brains are wired for novelty because we pay attention to any and every stimulus in our environment that feels threatening or out of the ordinary.
This has always been a wonderful advantage because our survival as a species depended on this aspect of brain development.
When we take a brain break, it refreshes our thinking and helps us discover another solution to a problem or see a situation through a different lens.
Using current technology and traditional textbooks, we have a low student to laptop ratio which helps students increase basic computer skills, as well as typing and research skills.
Student will use their school provided laptops to type papers, research subjects and submit some assessments. Students are able to search for sources to cite evidence from text, which is true higher order thinking skill. Both high achieving and struggling students can succeed and engage in our classroom community by contributing in different ways through the use of technology.
The quality of lesson plans will be enhanced by the use of technology, as we can use real-world situations, websites and articles to promote learning.
The Lead School strives daily to ensure students are receiving an unrivaled education not only to prepare them for future endeavors but also to challenge them in a way that is as effective as it is enjoyable. These tools encourage students to grasp next level concepts while helping inspire them to realize routine is not always the standard.
Teachers at The Lead School use a variety of instructional materials and methods throughout the school day to ensure student involvement and learning. Students have the ability to collaborate with other classmates on a school based level, allowing them to confront and resolve complex challenged-based projects as a team, while also absorbing crucial, lifelong techniques that will be used in and outside of the classroom… all while enjoying themselves.
At the Lead School, Teachers drive all instruction. All teachers at The Lead School are certified special educators. Instruction at The Lead School is delivered using the Gradual Release of Responsibility method. The Gradual Release of Responsibility method (I do, We do, You do) is a successful approach for moving classroom instruction from teacher-centered, whole-group delivery to student centered collaboration moving on to independent practice. Teachers spend the day providing direct instruction in the core classes: Math, Science, Social Studies and English.
Why We take Brain Brakes
The Core Academics Classes
English and Language Arts
Analytical and creative skills will be strengthened through whole novel units that focus on story arc, symbolism, and the building blocks of literature. Though students will sometimes read the same novel, differentiation will be used to scaffold lessons and allow all students exposure to grade-level curriculum.
Science and Social Studies
The Math program spans from general math to college algebra and beyond.
The curriculum uses alternative approaches such as games, puzzles, and hands-on activities, as well as group work, to motivate and engage students. Such games and activities encourage skill development as well as listening skills, quick thinking, data analysis, and problem-solving skills.
In science classes, students study Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Earth Science. Hands-on learning through high-interest labs and practical application of learning make science classes exciting and engaging.
Social Studies covers United States History, World History, and Government. These classes connect across disciplines to the English and Language Arts program. Students will learn to structure their writing and use appropriate voice and mechanics while responding to information gained in Social Studies.