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Individualized Instruction

Individualized Instruction

Each classroom at NIS is purposefully designed to be an interactive laboratory where the student conducts his/her research. Given the opportunity to construct their own understanding, students will learn differently. Each child has unique talents, ways of thinking and levels of understanding. Each student brings to the classroom a set of prior learning experiences and values from his/her family and community. We believe and build upon the fact that all of these differences are important to our understanding of individual students and how he/she makes sense of the world.

We anticipate that students will learn at different rates and expect that learners of the same chronological age will be at different places in their social, emotional, and physical development. The job of the teacher is not to create a single perfect curriculum or lesson, rather to interact with individual students carefully and create individualized instructional strategies based on what each child needs at each stage of his/her learning process. As a baseline, teachers are committed to work to make sure that students work at their current grade-level, yet the individualized curricula at NIS will make it possible for individuals to study that material also which is beyond their current grade level.