New courses at NDCS

New Day Charter School senior Libby Rinde caught up on some psychology homework. The students recently explored the “Little Albert” experiments, in which a psychologist had used loud noises to condition an infant to be afraid of a small stuffed toy, as part of one of four new courses offered at the school.

New Day Charter School administrators added four new courses this year. They are consumer math, government, psychology and remediation literature. Students are already expressing their enthusiasm for their first marking period.

Consumer math is a unique course that deals with real-life mathematics. Throughout the course, students discuss how to compute paychecks, manage checking and savings accounts, create and follow budgets, calculate and pay taxes, read and pay utility bills, etc. This course goal is for students to have an understanding of how to manage their personal finances.

“Because the course material is highly applicable to everyday life during and after high school, I expect that students will be more motivated to learn and fully grasp the concepts that are covered, as opposed to Algebra, per se,” said mathematics teacher Courtney Clapper.

Psychology is taught by history teacher Ryan Hockenberry.

“Psychology is going well so far. Being completely new concepts to the students makes them think a little harder. It offers a new challenge for them,” said Hockenberry. The class entails learning primarily about famous psychologists like John B. Watson, and their theories. It also focuses partly on how to train the brain.

Senior Ethan Boone gave us an insight on what they’re currently learning now. “We’re learning about classical conditioning and the Little Albert experiment in class,” he said.

Government, also taught by Hockenberry, instructs 9-12th grade students about America’s government, its different parts and how it affects our daily lives.

“I like government class because I’m an informed citizen who likes politics. It’s nice to know how the government works so I can see the flaws and accomplishments in my government,” expressed senior Libby Rinde.

Remediation literature is a course “designed to help students with the fundamentals of reading comprehension for Keystone testing and beyond. It covers concepts that help students understand literature not just on the test, but also in their future careers,” said English teacher Nathan Thompson.

For the first marking period these four courses are receiving great responses from students and their respective teachers. We can expect to see additional improvements in them later in the school year.



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