Pedagogy & curriculum

Pedagogy & Curriculum

Students learn best when given the opportunity to make discoveries, find patterns, and think critically about new ideas. That’s why Heads Up Learning uses student-centered pedagogy to present its unique curriculum and drive meaningful learning.

Four themes traverse the year’s literacy learning for French and for English learners, guiding students across practical content areas: citizenship, environmentalism, community activism, and human-tech relationships.

Each academic year takes a unique focus on the core themes, incorporating state standards of social studies and science in grades 3-6 for holistic and cross-curricular learning. 

In grade 3, students learn about habits of citizenship, environmentalism, community activism, and human tech-relationships through the lens of comparing communities across the world.

Grade 4 students focus on local activism and political structures, and begin to find their own voice as citizens of their communities.

Grade 5 students learn about the history of citizenship, environmentalism, community activism, and human-tech relationships throughout the Western Hemisphere.

In Grade 6, students gain more historical insights, this time through a closer look of the same core themes in the East.

By the end of their last year with Heads Up, learners have insights into core issues across the globe, historical context of cause and effect, and agency to use their own voice as we look to the future of communities, technology, and the natural world.

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