Learning Explorations at Challenger
Reading, writing, math, science, and the arts are all essential skills to develop in children at a young age. The more children learn when they are young, the better they become as adults. We want to teach your children the academic skills they will need to prepare them for their next level of learning.
Reading and Writing
Students learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language at an early age. At our school, we provide students with the skills necessary to be successful from their school years through their careers. Our reading and writing instruction helps students use a balance of informational and literary resources. It also provides opportunities to use academic vocabulary in speaking and writing. Students also learn how to write using text-based evidence.
Our mathematics instruction builds conceptual understanding, develops students’ procedural fluency, and promotes higher-order thinking skills. In learning and understanding mathematics, our students develop “habits of mind”. They learn math strategies, talk about the math they are learning, and solve problems. These mathematical practices help students learn to apply mathematics to real-world situations.
Science helps our students engage in inquiry-based learning from a critical thinking approach. Engaging lessons allow students to experience science directly or through rich multimedia. Our instructional approach puts students in positions to research and find solutions.
What is STEAM and Why is it needed?
STEAM is the combination of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics into an inquiry-based interdisciplinary approach to learning.
In STEAM, connections are made between the various disciplines and content is learned in context to the topic being studied and not as an isolated curriculum.
In Florida STEAM classrooms, students use critical thinking skills and creativity along with their knowledge of science, math, engineering, and technology to solve problems and generate new ideas. STEAM classrooms can be part of Science courses, Math courses, and of many Career and Technical Education courses.
Globalization has resulted in the movement of jobs to countries with lower-wage workers. In order to compete globally, the United States must ensure that our students have the skills needed for the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century. Research on job growth show that in the next few years 15 of the 20 fastest growing jobs will require substantial math and science preparation. But when compared to other students on international tests of math and science, US students performed 25th in math and 21st in science of 30 industrialized nations.
Based on the data, it has become clear that schools that provide a rich environment of challenging courses in math and science, and support student growth in these STEAM fields are successful in preparing students for future positions, decisions and coursework.
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Social Studies helps our students develop informed and logical decisions for the public good. As citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society, and interdependent world, we teach our students how to be informed citizens. The foundation for Social Studies teaches our students to ask questions and think about topics in areas of American history, geography, economics, civics, and government.