Attitudes really matter. At 7Cs Academy, Character and Citizenship are the bedrock of our Core Principles. We know attitudes influence our perceptions and guide our own behavior.
“You can’t control what happens to you. You can only control how you react to it.
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At 7Cs Academy, we help children understand why they should know and be able to do the different TEKS and SEs (Core Curriculum and Encore Curriculum). In Texas, TEKS and SEs are our standards. TEKS refer to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. SEs refer to Student Expectations. In every subject, TEKS refer to what students should know and be able to do at the end of every grade level. SEs identify the specific knowledge and skills that students must demonstrate. Children systematically build their attitudes (as quoted above) as they demonstrate mastery of TEKS and SEs. In Texas, the way we know children have mastered these TEKS is through student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. At 7Cs Academy, we use Benchmark Assessments every six weeks to monitor student growth and mastery of the standards.
The daily ‘class meeting’ experiences of children (see the 60-minute Schedule) as they share and listen to life issues will develop children’s attitudes and capitalize on their intrinsic motivation. The 7Cs Leadership Team knows that attitudes derived from social experiences influence subsequent behavior. Families have shared with us in focus group sessions that they believe doing well in school with a high-quality education is their surest gateway to upward mobility. They continue to plead for more high-quality school options in San Antonio.
Our goal is to have every child own their learning so that they can lead parent-teacher meetings and tell parents their strengths and weaknesses. We know expertise develops over time. While STAAR measures student performance on the TEKS, we will use our own home grown tools (and Benchmark Assessments) to develop children's expertise on the Core Principles.