Kid's Community College® Riverview Middle School, a tuition-free non-profit organization,
is an extension of our Riverview Charter Elementary School. The middle school offering
grew out of parental requests to continue the KCC model beyond 5th grade. Middle
school service for 6th grade began in 2009-2010, growing into 6th - 8th grade in
Four characteristics that shape instruction and learning at KCC Riverview Middle
Instruction is concept focused and principle driven. All students have the opportunity
to explore and apply the key concepts of the subject being studied. All students
come to understand the key principles on which the study is based. Such instruction
enables struggling learners to grasp and use powerful ideas and, at the same time,
encourages advanced learners to expand their understanding and application of the
key concepts and principles. Such instruction stresses understanding or sense-making
rather than retention and regurgitation of fragmented bits of information. Concept-based
and principle-driven instruction invites teachers to provide varied learning options.
A "coverage-based" curriculum may cause a teacher to feel compelled to see that
all students do the same work. In the former, all students have the opportunity
to explore meaningful ideas through a variety of avenues and approaches.
On-going assessment of student readiness and growth are built into the curriculum.
Teachers do not assume that all students need a given task or segment of study,
but continuously assess student readiness and interest, providing support when students
need additional instruction and guidance, and extending student exploration when
indications are that a student or group of students is ready to move ahead.
Flexible grouping is consistently used. In a differentiated class, students work
in many patterns. Sometimes they work alone, sometimes in pairs, sometimes in groups.
Sometimes tasks are readiness-based, sometimes interest-based, sometimes constructed
to match learning style, and sometimes a combination of readiness, interest, and
learning style. In a differentiated classroom, whole-group instruction may also
be used for introducing new ideas, when planning, and for sharing learning outcomes.
Students are active explorers. Teachers guide the exploration. Because varied activities
often occur simultaneously in a differentiated classroom, the teacher works more
as a guide or facilitator of learning than as a dispenser of information. As in
a large family, students must learn to be responsible for their own work. Not only
does such student-centeredness give students more ownership of their learning, but
it also facilitates the important adolescent learning goal of growing independence
in thought, planning, and evaluation. Implicit in such instruction is (1) goal-setting
shared by teacher and student based on student readiness, interest, and learning
profile, and (2) assessment predicated on student growth and goal attainment.
The KCC Riverview Middle team believes that each of our students is unique and has
various learning styles which will define their unique abilities. The strategies
placed before our students daily, will enable them to demonstrate multiple ways
of understanding their academic ability and talent.