At STEM School Highlands Ranch we put innovation at the center of learning to unleash the potential of all students and prepare them for an exponentially changing world.
Our KOSON Instructional Model is our secret sauce. It is what inspires our students and our staff every day.
What is it? It is Problem-Based Learning, done the KOSON way. That means it is a teaching methodology where learning is student-centered and driven by relevant, real-world problems.
Throughout their instruction, students learn about a problem, ask questions, research, brainstorm solutions, test, analyze and take action, all while learning the state standards.
Students access background knowledge and investigate standards, which are aligned concepts that might help solve the problem.
Our KOSON Instructional Model encourages peer collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, all while learning responsible use of technology.
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Students are in the driver’s seat of their education through meaningful learning opportunities that allow for them to constantly seek new answers and push themselves even further.
An example of a problem-led unit that our teachers put together, includes all of the following, starting with the problem that is centered around the content.
Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of posing questions, finding resources, and applying information.
By incorporating authenticity into each problem, the real-world connection is established and students have a voice and choice in their learning to make informed decisions.
As students develop solutions, there is a time for reflection and feedback that allow students to continue their inquiry process to see if they’ve not only mastered the content and met the standards but also to see if they’ve pushed themselves as far as they can go.
Finally, students present their solutions or take action inside and/or outside of the classroom.