How We Teach
Genesis firmly believes that classrooms should be geared toward what students learn and how students learn. Our strategy is a child-centered pedagogical approach.
This means we shift the focus of the classroom away from what is taught by a teacher ...
...to what scholars actually learn.
Scholars are viewed as intelligent individuals who are capable of investigating, discovering, and thinking about solutions to many problems on their own.
Educators become facilitators.
Here is how our strategy comes to life
Research tells us that girls are far behind in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Research also shows that boys are in crisis in almost every academic area. To be truly student-centered, we have developed strategies and programs to deliver our curriculum in a way that addresses the unique needs and issues of both girls and boys.
The classroom will become the second teacher. There will be resources on hand to allow scholars to become independent explorers and problem-solvers, allowing educators to become facilitators, coaches and guides.
Scholars will learn by doing. They will use all their senses. Faculty will run experiments and real-world simulations using objects that scholars can touch, move, and handle to experience learning in a dynamic fashion. Field work and field trips will be used to compliment the classroom curriculum by exposing our scholars to things like plays, planetariums, museums, aquariums, etc. Experiential Learning also includes play. Physical movement and hands-on learning will be stressed.
Genesis will regularly engage scholars in individual and group projects that require mastery and application of multiple academic subjects. Scholars will consistently be challenged to demonstrate understanding of what they have learned, beyond taking tests. Creating and presenting innovative products, services, processes, and/or ideas that are useful in the real-world is the ultimate goal.
Genesis will use a combination of individualized learning and blended learning. Computer-based learning platforms will be blended with traditional instruction to help meet the needs of each individual student. Those that are more self-directed and learn concepts more quickly will be able to go deeper or move ahead. Faculty will be able to identify individual needs quickly and target additional support appropriately.
Genesis views our scholars as “whole persons”. They have passions, interests, concerns and cultural connections to their families and communities. Each of these will be related as much as possible to discussions, assignments and projects to ensure relevance. Research suggests that performance improves when scholars engage in work that is personally and culturally relevant.