Higher Order Thinking Skills, Based on Biblical Truths
Here at CMCS, we require our Jr. High History students to utilize higher order thinking skills, based on Biblical teachings. While any history class can ask students to memorize and recall factual information, we realize that education should have a greater purpose: teaching students to think critically. Along those lines, we recognize that there is no greater guide in how to think critically than the Bible.
Our students utilize the Biblical teachings to critically analyze relevant historical events, actions, and figures; thus, training them to better evaluate real life social, political, and economic situations. Further developing them as quality Christian citizens in our world.
Engaging, Hands-on Lessons
Best practices show that learning is best achieved through social, engaging, lessons. There is never a lesson in our history classes where students aren’t actively participating in hands-on learning. Whether through simulations, role playing, specifically designed games, or countless others of strategies, our history students actively participate in a fun and engrossing learning experience.
There is never a boring lesson in our history classes, and your student will always remember both the fun and the purpose behind what we do. This has been shown to create deeper, more meaningful, and longer lasting connections between the students and the content matter.
Organized & Systematic Learning Process
High levels of engagement do not preclude us from high standards of learning. Key amongst our high levels of learning is an organized and systematic learning process. Students are taught how to keep an organized notebook, how to study their notes, and how to further reflect upon them.
This systematic approach to learning and notetaking both improves our student’s chances for success in future academic endeavors, as well as creates a consistent learning environment in which students can achieve their full potential as learners.
Rigorous Academic Evaluations
Students in our history classes are provided with rigorous academic evaluations of the highest order. Our exams and quizzes are commensurate to those of many advanced college prep courses of higher-grade levels. This gives students an opportunity to fully display their academic and not be stifled by less challenging academics.
In addition to rigorous tests, students are also challenged to develop high levels of writing skills. Through the use of historically grounded argumentative essays, students learn how to craft a thesis and defend their point with evidence and facts.