“An Environment for Thinking, Communicating, and Connecting”

“An environment for thinking, communicating, and connecting”

Enter The CAN DO! Circle (K-6) and The Circle (7-12)

The Certainty principle dominating today’s educational curriculum and the rules of the typical school, that “there is a RIGHT and WRONG answer to every question”, and the Measurement principle that “nothing is really worthwhile unless it can be measured and assigned numerical value”, is contrasted by the CAN DO! Curriculum Connection’s interactive method that provides powerful avenues to stimulate students’ ability to THINK, COMMUNICATE, and CONNECT. Thinking leads to ideas, inquiry, opinions, observations, understanding, artistic and creative expression, critical evaluation, learning, emotional intelligence, and excitement!

Students join together in The CAN DO! Circle (K-6) or The Circle
(7-12) . The circle creates a feeling of “togetherness” where no student can be lost in a “corner”. The session is facilitated by the teacher who utilizes Questioning & Discussion Strategies related to each song that encourage students to respond. These carefully structured question and discussion vehicles lead to group interaction, allowing students to communicate without fear of rejection. Our program solicits input from students based upon their own opinions, experiences and knowledge seeking. The context of The CAN DO! Circle and The Circle should be a “safe haven” for students. It is the song’s message, the teacher acting as a guide, the Questioning and Discussion Strategies and student input that all work together to develop positive character traits and informed understanding upon which to base positive life choices. The session becomes a “flexible time experience”; the duration determined by the teacher as the instructional leader within the classroom.

What could be more important to a student than to begin to feel acceptance and a sense of worth? We, who have developed the CAN DO! Curriculum Connection believe that every student deserves to feel success every day – honest, true, and sincere praise for a job well done – not an easy task for teachers and students who today encounter the most competitive of all school environments. In our program, students are recognized for developing a Can Do! attitude!
“Pupil-to-pupil interaction which occurs when children have common experiences and can discuss them among themselves, is most important in the children’s intellectual development. Justifying a position or disagreeing with one’s peers causes the individual to reconsider and re-evaluate his or her own decisions.” -Arthur A. Carin and Robert B. Sund
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