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What is S.P.E.C.?

Sycamore Academy Highlights

S.P.E.C. is what you can expect to see in every one of our classrooms.

Student-centered 
  • teachers monitor, listen, and analyze student understanding
  • teachers provide opportunities for students to manipulate, grapple with, and apply knowledge
  • teachers adapt lesson to fit students' needs and interests
  • teachers utilize multiple assessments to determine student strengths and knowledge
  • teachers encourage student collaboration and peer coaching
Problem-based
  • teachers create "challenges" with increasingly complex problems to solve
  • teachers facilitate by asking questions
  • teachers celebrate all student work
Experiential
  • teachers create increasingly authentic scenarios and real-life challenges
  • student are "doing" with hands-on activities throughout all content areas
  • teachers allow students to experience "failure" and celebrate the learning that comes with it
Collaborative
  • teachers group students in varying group sizes and make-ups
  • teachers create a safe and productive learning community
  • teachers create opportunities for reflection
  • teacher support respectful debate