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Our primary pedagogical approach at Harmony Academy will be a blend of project-based learning (PBL) and social-emotional learning (SEL). This approach was chosen as it encourages active student engagement, fosters a sense of belonging, and builds trust and respect among students and teachers.

PBL encourages students to explore real-world problems and their solutions, enhancing their practical skills, critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative abilities. SEL focuses on the emotional and social competencies of students, fostering empathy, self-awareness, interpersonal skills, and responsible decision-making.

Activity Types and Special Programs:

Cultural Awareness

 To foster a diverse and inclusive environment, Harmony Academy would host cultural exchange days, inviting students, parents, and community members to share their unique cultures, traditions, and experiences.

Community Service

Students could participate in various community service projects, helping them develop a sense of civic responsibility and empathy.

Career Exploration and Guidance

Partnerships with local businesses and colleges could provide students with opportunities for job shadowing, internships, career fairs, and college prep workshops.

Classroom Atmosphere:

  • Classrooms at Harmony Academy would be flexible and student-centered, promoting collaboration and active learning.

  • Technology would be integrated into the learning process to enhance student engagement and cater to diverse learning styles.

  • Teachers would serve as facilitators, guiding students towards independent and critical thinking.

Assessment Procedures:

At Harmony Academy, we believe in a comprehensive approach to assessment that goes beyond standardized testing. While standardized tests can provide some useful information, they should not be the sole measure of a student's capabilities.

Portfolio Assessments

Students would maintain portfolios showcasing their work, achievements, and progress throughout the year. This could include projects, written work, presentations, and reflections.

Performance-Based Assessments

Students would be assessed on their performance in real-world tasks, projects, and presentations.

Self and Peer Assessments

Encouraging students to evaluate their own work and that of their peers fosters self-awareness, critical thinking, and empathy.

Formative Assessments

Regular, low-stakes formative assessments would be used to monitor student understanding and provide feedback.

Standardized Tests

These would be used once in a while, primarily to meet state requirements and provide one of many data points on student learning.

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