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Method Bears Basketball: 2022 Season Recap

To say the least, this has been a “red letter” season for the Method Bears 2022 basketball team. This amazing group of young men will go down in the Method Hall of Fame as the first team to ever represent our school in basketball, while positively launching the Method athletics program. Their hard work, diligence and character lays a cornerstone of achievement, affecting generations to come.
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curriculum

What is Curriculum?

Curriculum, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “a course of study.”  Broadly defined it leaves much to our own interpretation. With many platforms and approaches it can become overwhelming to determine if there is a “best” curriculum for your child.  We want to ensure our children are learning and not just passing through a grade, because ultimately the skills they master now will carry over into their adult lives.  How does curriculum come into play with learning and mastery?  We often hear the word mastery of content, which as educators is our priority using data and engagement for student learning.
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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education: The Future of School

The landscape of the American workforce is changing rapidly. Technology and automation are making many jobs obsolete, while new industries are springing up to take their place. In this ever-changing climate, it's more important than ever for students to have access to quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. CTE programs give students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in high-demand careers. Many of these programs can be completed in just a few years, which means students can fast-track their way into well-paying jobs. And with CTE programs available in a wide range of industries, there's something for everyone.
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autism

Autism: From Awareness to Acceptance

A Perspective Switch
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Accountability

What's the Point of Testing?

“What’s the point of testing?” Each year without fail, teachers and school administrators hear this question whispered in the halls when spring testing comes around. We hear all the arguments against tests – it takes away from instruction, it puts undue pressure on the students, and let’s get back to teaching. While testing can sometimes be thought of as a necessary evil, it is not without value. Effective schools use this opportunity to measure themselves. The achievement data from state tests help to measure our overall effectiveness as a school, identify underserved student groups, and show your student their growth every year. When used wisely, the CAASPP is an effective data point that can guide the direction of your school.  
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Progress in Education

The Progressive Movement: An Enduring Inspiration in Public Education

The progressive era in education marks as a time period throughout the early 1900’s where the number of schools and students attending them grew dramatically. Some historians praise this period for further developing needed standardized educational systems and shifting practices for an expanding industrial society through vocational instruction, extending schooling hours and addressing the welfare of urban youth and other underrepresented groups. Others criticized the increasingly established system as one that was limiting students to a scientific form of learning and neglecting opportunities to nurture self-development, expression and creativity.
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diversity

Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

“​​If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” -Dr. Carter G. Woodson   February is here, and it’s not only a month that’s known for hearts, flowers, and chocolates, but also for it’s observance of African-American contributions and achievements in US history. 
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homeschool tips

How to Make Healthy Habits Stick for Kids

Everyone loves New Years. It's a time for us to erase the shortcomings of last year, as well as allow us to open a fresh book filled with blank pages of opportunity that allow us to fill the pages of whoever we hope to be. New Years day is a day dedicated to mass reflection and positivity because with a New Year everything seems possible. It is common to set personal goals that reflect the healthy habits we have always wanted to incorporate into our own lives--eating healthier, exercising more, spending more time with loved ones--however, these goals are often difficult if not impossible to stick to. 
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online public schools

Best Practices In K-12 Online Learning

Why Online Learning? Online learning is one of many learning modalities that has been used in various forms of education throughout the past twenty years. Either as part of a traditional classroom environment or as the primary delivery of curriculum and instruction, online learning continues to be a flexible and effective modality for many students and educators. Long before the Covid-19 pandemic shifted students toward online or hybrid school options, virtual education was thriving, and enrollment was growing each year. 
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Science

Celebrate National STEM Day: 4 Ways to Think Like a Scientist at Home

November 8th is National STEM day, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines are more a part of daily life than ever before! As parents and educators, we know that developing competence with STEM will help our students in all aspects of life - from making medical decisions to balancing a checkbook. On a practical level, STEM savvy will set our children up for a future with many opportunities and job prospects (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
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