Vanguard School Junior High Curriculum Summaries
Critical Thinking Strand
Integrated into our junior high curricula is an emphasis on critical thinking. Students in 7th and 8th-grade build upon the facts and skills they have mastered in elementary school and further develop their analytical thinking skills across the curriculum by direct instruction of critical thinking concepts and by applying these concepts as they solve problems and engage in primary source readings.
Direct Instruction Methodology
One of the underlying assumptions of Direct Instruction is that all children can be taught, regardless of past history. By design, Direct Instruction applies purposeful instructional planning to give students extensive support as they practice and apply newly learned concepts and skills. Presentation has a lot to do with how effectively students learn. Teachers use quick pacing and group responses to keep all students engaged and implement planned correction procedures to prevent errors from becoming learned habits.