The Teacher's Role

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American Classical Charter Academy provides an excellent education through an academically rigorous curriculum. Our school day is structured around teacher-led direct instruction where we make the most of every educational minute. At ACCA, we believe in knowledge-centered education where the teacher is the leader of classroom instruction. You will not find cooperative learning centers or student pods in our classrooms or observe project-based, child-directed instruction taking place. Desks face the front of the room, and our students show their respect for teachers by standing when they answer questions or address their teachers. Classroom bookcases are filled with classics and other well-written literature and our classroom space is used to educate, not decorate. The following list provides an overview of what you will and will not see in an ACCA classroom.


Role of the Teacher

What ACCA Is...

  • Knowledge-centered/intellectualist
  • Scholarly setting
  • Students seated at desks facing the teacher
  • Organized, uncluttered, and well-structured
  • Visuals relate to the curriculum
  • Excellent student work displayed
  • Beautiful artwork and maps on the walls
  • No unnecessary technology

What ACCA Is Not...

  • Student-centered/anti-intellectualist 
  • Learning based on the learner’s interests
  • No required core curriculum;
  • Emphasis on integration

Moral Development

What ACCA Is...

  • Knowledge-centered/intellectualist
  • Students learn right from wrong from their 
    studies, from adult guidance, and from extra-
    curricular activities

What ACCA Is Not...

  • Student-centered/anti-intellectualist 
  • Morality develops from the individual’s
    experience
  • It is best learned when not taught directly

Curriculum

What ACCA IS...

  • Knowledge-centered/intellectualist 
  • Core subjects are taught separately;
  • History and Geography are defined
  • Explicit phonics instruction is used to teach 
    reading

What ACCA IS NOT...

  • Student-centered/anti-intellectualist 
  • Any subject can serve to develop problem-
    solving abilities and creativity;
  • Social Studies combines History, Sociology, 
    Geography and Anthropology

Work Habits

What ACCA IS...

  • Knowledge-centered/intellectualist  
  • Core subjects are taught separately;
  • History and Geography are defined
  • Explicit phonics instruction is used to teach 
    reading

What ACCA IS NOT...

  • Student-centered/anti-intellectualist  
  • The best learning comes when students are 
    interested in what they learn;
  • Therefore teachers are to encourage students 
    to follow their own interests in learning;
  • Students are assumed to have good habits

Promotion

What ACCA IS...

  • Knowledge-centered/intellectualist   
  • Promotion is largely by achievement;
  • Student may be remediated and retained if 
    achievement is too lo

What ACCA IS NOT...

  • Student-centered/anti-intellectualist   
  • Social promotion is preferred;
  • Student is promoted with age group even if
    achievement is too low

Teacher's Background

What ACCA IS...

  • Knowledge-centered/intellectualist    
  • Education in subject matter being taught is 
    preferred;
  • Off course, excellent teaching methods are 
    also required to help students learn the 
    content

What ACCA IS NOT...

  • Student-centered/anti-intellectualist    
  • Teacher’s mastery of subject matter is 
    considered less important than an 
    understanding of child and adolescent 
    development