1. Spark Charter School opens its doors | Mercury News

    Spark Charter School opens its doors | Mercury News

    Spark Charter School has begun its first school year with high hopes after years of waiting. Common Core standards and the school's own crafted curriculum will be used at the school.

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    1. We were looking for teachers who had a different mental model of what the school experience, the learning experience should be for children.
    2. That's one of the big things with [Spark], the way of teaching, that way that makes it meaningful, and while you're learning you're having fun and the kids really love the learning.
    3. The way that it's going to be different is that for one thing the social emotional learning is going to be embedded in the children's day.
    4. There's nothing wrong with the standards; there's nothing wrong with Common Core.
    5. Different kids need different ways, and when they have that opportunity to show you what they can do through their way--the exact same knowledge--it's so much more powerful.
    6. Oh, school's fun, school's great because they see what I can do.