ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

We are committed to excellence

SOCS adopted the standards listed below in order to better serve our students, equipping them with wisdom and knowledge to become effective Christ-followers and bring peace and restoration to earth.

 

SOCS STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Skill-based Aspects of Teaching

EFFECTIVE PLANNING

a. Creativity in curriculum delivery

  • Hands-on, innovative learning activities

  • Involving students in instructing the class

  • Get into the character of a topic/subject being studied

  • Structured scope and sequence is evident


b. Encouraging creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and responsibility in students  

  • Small group to large group interaction

  • Investigative learning and activity-based learning

  • Prepare for learning extensions


c. Appropriate differentiation to meet student needs

  • Meets needs of each individual student

  • Student-based goal setting

  • Student ownership of learning targets

  • Attentive to individual social, emotional and academic needs

  • Attentive to needs of the classroom community as a whole


d. Relevant, “real-life” connections, meaningful to the student   

  • Current events

  • Tangible correlation connection

  • Authentic experience options

  • Personal stories

  • Use field trips appropriately and often to get “beyond the four walls”

  • Integrate cross-grade level and cross-curricular projects when appropriate

  • Use STEM emphasis whenever possible


e. Integration of School Mission / Purpose and Core Values   

  • Lessons identify how God is glorified in subject matter

  • Clear evidence of a planned authentic biblical worldview

  • Lessons and activities proactively promote biblical community

  • Lessons identify and promote Christ-like character development


f. Planned Integration of Biblical Perspective     

  • Planned and proactive biblical integration across all curriculum areas

  • Stewardship of students’ God-given gifts of wisdom and intellect

  • All things are done to God’s glory


g. Appropriate integration of Technology to Enhance Learning   

  • Technology used to improve learning (not for its own sake)

  • Technology used to model or emulate real-world applications

  • Technology used to extend what is learned by other means

  • Evidence of teaching Christian discernment in use of technology

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

With students

  • Positive, personal, relationship-building words and actions

  • One-on-one (private) for both behavior and academic feedback

  • Positive classroom discussion, honoring and accepting

  • Promote effective student-to-student communication


b. With parents

  • Proactive as well as reactive

  • 24-hour response to parent-expressed concern

  • General newsletter to inform of overall instruction goals and class news

  • Be a proactive defender of your students as ‘in loco parentis”


c. With colleagues

  • Open, accepting communication stance toward colleagues

  • Input sought before making significant decisions (surveys)

  • Collaborative staff meetings with accurately written minutes

  • Face-to-face when a personal or complex issue to be addressed

EFFECTIVE ASSESSMENT

a. Creativity in assessment

  • Students are offered options to demonstrate their learning

  • Assessments take into account different learning styles

  • Both formative and summative assessments are used


b. Measured learning targets are clearly defined and articulated to students

  • Rubrics are used to identify expectations

  • Students are able to articulate learning targets

  • Objectives state why as well as what

  • Learning targets state what students will be able to do

  • Student assessments data influences instructional practice

  • Teacher shows evidence of desire for all students to excel in learning


c. Assessment feedback clearly articulated to students

  • Feedback is timely and formative

  • Feedback is consistently supportive and constructive

  • Teacher adjusts lessons plan accordingly

EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Positive relationships with students (and parents)

  • Clearly articulated expectations

  • Develop positive relationships early and proactively sustain them

  • Stay available to parents to discuss student needs

  • Demonstrate flexibility​

b. Student responsibility encouraged  

  • Model and reward responsibility, positive behavior, and high expectations

  • Develop an atmosphere of caring non-permissiveness

  • Use “natural consequences” discipline whenever possible

  • Emphasize student choice and responsibility

  • Encourage student ownership of learning

  • Encourage “Do unto others what you would have them do to you.”

EXHIBIT AND MODEL A GROWTH MINDSET

In all of life

 

SOCS STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Character-based Aspects of Teaching

AUTHENTICITY/INTEGRITY

  • Demonstrate genuine-ness

  • Consistent values, morals, and ethics whether in or out of school

  • Be a living testimony to God’s goodness

  • Practice the SOCS Staff Core Values

MODELING CHRIST

  • Exemplify grace

  • Hold students accountable lovingly and only for the good of the student

  • Exhibit fruit of the Spirit

  • Model effective, responsive discipleship

FLEXIBILITY

  • Willing to accommodate appropriately

  • Varying pace and lessons plans when necessary

  • Willingness to alter the who, what, when of a lesson

CALLING TO BE A CHRISTIAN TEACHER

  • An enthusiastic attitude of a life-long learner / Build desire to learn / Build intrinsic desire to learn (move from extrinsic to intrinsic)

  • Model an enthusiastic Christ-centered learner

  • Demonstrate a life-long learner’s love of professional growth

  • Demonstrate love of God and his creation

  • Demonstrate love of your calling to be a Christian teacher

CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCS MISSION

  • Use gifts outside of the classroom: coaching, committees, extra-curricular programs

  • Committed to Mission of SOCS

  • Demonstrate pride and ownership of membership in the SOCS community

  • Accept constructive criticism from peers and supervisors willingly

CONTRIBUTIONS TO OVERALL SCHOOL ATMOSPHERE

  • Positive working relationship with colleagues, parents, and students

  • Contribute positively at staff meetings

  • Does his/her share of work in smaller teams / working groups

  • Seeks out colleagues to ask for or offer help

  • Welcomes parents and other adults in the school

  • Reaches beyond own level of class and students

 

SOUTH OLIVE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

6230 120th Ave, Holland, MI 49424, USA

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