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Integrated Problem-Solving Skills Taught

When working on a project, the Adventist Education teaching model promotes utilizing skills from all subject areas to enhance problem-solving skills, thus showing a correlation between ability and achievement tests. With a fair degree of accuracy, the results of aptitude tests can be used to predict how well students will do on achievement tests. Researchers of the CognitiveGenesis Study compared the predictions against actual achievement scores, and found that students in Adventist schools consistently performed better academically than had been predicted. The latest average of testing showed Adventist students performed 4.98% better than predicted on ability test scores which assessed verbal skills, comprehension, and problem-solving.

The picture shows students in grades 6-8 at Boise Valley Adventist School assembling terrariums, gaining a deeper knowledge of the water cycle and respiration of plants.  Students witnessed a “cloud cover” in the terrariums as the water evaporated in sunlight. Precipitation followed and drenched the plants.  Students also learned that plants recycle the air within the terrariums. Moving forward, the challenge is to maintain the plants and keep them alive.  Through research and journals, students practiced their reading, writing and editing skills. Students also integrated 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving.