Social Emotional Learning:
Advisory groups meet every morning for the Circle of Power and Respect (CPR). In CPR, students build social skills, get to know each other better, and work together while discussing subjects that are important to them and playing games. It also allows students to do what they most want and need to do: connect with their peers. Prepared activities during CPR focus on empathy, impulse control, building community and problem solving. From daily morning meeting to the language teachers use with their students, what’s best for students is at the heart of each student-teacher interaction at Shorecrest.
The advisory extends beyond daily morning meetings; advisories meet again for a Study Hall period twice each week when students can work on homework and classwork, ask teachers questions about assignments, and Advisors can check in with students.
The fifth grade curriculum includes English, math, science, social studies, and P.E. Students also choose either Spanish or French. A rotating schedule incorporates art, music and drama each trimester. Technology education is woven into all subject areas throughout the year.
The Project Approach:
Project-based learning is an in-depth study or investigation of a topic or theme that allows students to follow their questions and to learn about a given topic of interest. Through these projects, students learn how to learn, how to make sense of what they are learning, how to apply what they learned, and how to share or teach from a place of authority about what they have learned. Projects are typically interdisciplinary, meaning they aren’t confined to simply one subject area.