A Team Approach to Education
At SLCSE Bryant we know that students learn best when they can apply new skills and information across multiple subjects. Therefore, we have divided students into learning teams. All students on a team have the same Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies teachers. This allows teachers to collaborate on projects that reinforce student learning across disciplines. For example, while students learn about local land use in social studies, they will also be learning about the geologic processes that formed the landscape during science class. Or, while students are learning about genetics during science, they will be studying probability in mathematics and reading a book that features genetic engineering during language arts. Teams also allow students to be known well by their teachers. When a small group of teachers know a group of students better, they can put academic or behavioral interventions into place quickly or provide extended learning opportunities to students who need a challenge.
Science is a subject that easily allows students to combine skills and learning from other areas. A scientist must understand what questions need to be answered, how to investigate them, how to analyze and interpret their results and how to write and speak about what they learned.
Because of this, students at SLCSE-Bryant spend an additional class period each day in math and science compared to other subjects. This provides time for students to apply the rules of scientific investigation to the subjects they are learning. It also allows students to learn about math and science topics more deeply.
Experiential learning is the process of learning by doing. Teachers design experiences both inside and outside of the classroom that allow students to put their learning into action. Not only does this increase student understanding of the curriculum but builds a sense of community and helps students identify their passions. During the 2022-23 school year, students visited multiple sites at the Great Salt Lake to learn about its problems. Next, they read and dissected the proposals that are up for consideration in Utah’s legislature. They also analyzed real data about Utah’s water and did other independent research about the lake. They used this information to write questions and interview their local state representative.