How TCI Focuses on Student Success
Student success is subjective and can be measured in a number of different ways. Boards of education and educational departments create standards for each grade level and subject, and they tend to base student success solely on test scores. But here at TCI, we know that students can have success beyond just good test scores. While we, of course, strive for excellent grades and superb test scores, we make every effort to foster and achieve student growth in multiple areas of education and life, and we focus on all student successes to encourage more progress and additional achievements. Read on to learn about the main ways we focus on student success with our excellent social studies and science curricula.
We Have Clear Expectations
Here at TCI, we encourage teachers and administrators who use our curriculum to clearly present their expectations to their students. Our lesson plans are thorough and concise, and the standards include clear expectations of what students should aim to achieve. Additionally, we base those expectations on what we know students are capable of, which in turn encourages student success. When students are expected to reach a high level of standards and when they are given the tools necessary to do so, they generally exceed the original standards and expectations set for them. This not only makes teachers, administrators, and parents feel incredibly proud of the students’ success, but more importantly gives students a sense of great satisfaction as well as helps set them up for future success.
We Provide Support to Our Students
Students may find it more difficult to achieve success if they’re not given the support that they feel they need. So rather than presenting expectations and simply hoping that students meet them independently, we provide various levels of support directly from the curriculum. Our science curriculum includes digital simulations that bring the lesson concepts to life, and the students will work in an interactive notebook where they can take notes and ask questions. Our science curriculum also provides lesson games to help students test their knowledge upon completion of a unit to see where they might need more review. TCI’s social studies curriculum includes interactive software that allows teachers and students to access the Essential Question of each lesson and view supplemental material to help the students better absorb the material. Differentiated instruction, writing and drawing prompts, and interactive tools offer hands-on opportunities to engage with the lessons and endless support to ensure the students are learning and understanding the key concepts of each unit.
We Provide Feedback Based on Assessments and Classroom Performance
Since standards do, in fact, need to be met, assessments are a necessary part of our curriculum. Our science and social studies curricula include pre-made assessments that can be edited by teachers to best fit their classroom. This allows teachers to customize the tests and learn how their students are doing at any given time throughout the school year. The information gathered from these assessments is vital to celebrating success in the classroom, and it is a good way to gauge how a group of students is doing as a whole so that a teacher can further customize lesson plans and teaching strategies as needed.
We Offer Group Work Opportunities
Working as a team is vital in school and beyond, so we present multiple opportunities for students to work in groups and fine-tune their teamwork skills. Our group work opportunities give students a chance to lead others, follow instructions, and collaborate with their peers to find solutions to problems and to present information in an engaging way. We not only gauge students’ understanding of the material they’re working with, but we also evaluate their success in working as a team. Since teamwork is an essential part of life both in school and after their school years are over, the ability to fine-tune group work skills and learn how to mesh with other individuals’ work ethics and ideas is incredibly important.
We Encourage Independence
While all schooling should be about meeting students where they are in their educational journeys, good teachers know that the goal of a quality education should be to prepare students for life beyond their educational atmospheres. Our science curriculum encourages independence by presenting engineering challenges and 3-dimensional lesson investigations to allow students to explore science concepts on their own. Our social studies curriculum encourages innovative classrooms and unique learning experiences to help students grasp historical concepts and social ideals that they need to know to succeed beyond school. Our curriculum encourages students to explore concepts with an inquisitive approach, and to seek solutions to problems presented in the lessons. All levels of our science curriculum and social studies curriculum are tailored to specific grade levels, allowing increasing independence as students get older and develop more self-sufficiency and self-motivation in their studies. Independence can be a clear indication of success in the classroom, so we focus on equipping students to work independently in preparation for life beyond their schooling years.
We Strive to Engage Students in the Classroom
We view success in a variety of ways, and one of the most significant measures of success is that students are actually learning and fully understanding material. We employ a variety of tactics to engage students in their lessons and to help them interact with the material they are learning so that they retain it more effectively. We incorporate literacy lessons in the science and social studies curriculum, and we provide supplemental materials to keep students attentive throughout the entirety of each lesson. Our interactive textbooks, intriguing videos, innovative technology, critical thinking encounters, collaborative group assignments, problem-solving challenges, and hands-on experiments are just a few ways that our social studies and science curricula engage students to help them achieve learning success.
Here at TCI, we want to see students be successful across all areas of their lives. We want them to achieve academic excellence, but we also focus on success by ensuring that students are engaged in their lessons, learning independence, collaborating and contributing to group work assignments, excelling at in-class assessments, being supported, and meeting and exceeding the expectations set for them. Students who learn independence and are supported and engaged in their lessons are more likely to have success on their assessments in class, thus leading to various levels of other successes, as well as more satisfied and excited students.