Strength-Based Learning Cohort (SBLC)
Our Strength-Based Learning Cohort (SBLC), is an educational experience at Kiker, introduced the 2011-2012 SY. The Cohort is a group of three teachers, each with Second, Third, and Fourth Graders who blend and group in ways that expand the educational opportunities for our students here at Kiker.
Our mission is to create caring, confident learners through a multi-age learning environment that respects and values the diversity in children by providing authentic learning endeavors (such as those outlined below) that enhance their strengths and promote growth of every individual at their developmental level.
This learning cohort of teachers plans instruction building on the student strengths, interests and attitudes while making use of approaches, philosophies and/or principles from some of the following methodologies: Assessment For Learning, Blended Learning, Flexible Grouping, Growth Mindset, Personalized Learning, Problem-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning, Social and Emotional Learning, Strength-Based Learning and Transformative Technology and other current and cutting ideals in education.
Design focuses on ensuring our learners attain knowledge and skills through application of what the student already knows. This requires use of inquiry, collaboration, and leadership skills to best prepare each to be active members of our international and technology‐oriented world. Our belief in how children learn is as important as what children learn. We desire to create an environment that captivates children and helps them understand that “the greatest reward of learning is the opportunity to learn more.” (Keene, 2008)