reader-310398_640At OCSI, we want our students to understand. We want our students to understand God, His world, and their place in it. More specifically, we want students to understand…

  1. That art communicates personal and cultural meaning.
  2. The plan of salvation.
  3. Their own emotions and behavior.
  4. That language should be used to serve God and others.
  5. How to speak, read, and write Japanese.
  6. The connections between numbers, operations, and patterns.
  7. That music should be used to worship God and communicate with others.
  8. The importance of motivation.
  9. The process of scientific inquiry that led scientists to their current level of understanding of the natural law by which God sustains His creation.
  10. How they can use their rights and responsibilities as local, national, and global citizens to build flourishing communities characterized by peace and justice.
  11. Why and when to use technology.
  12. Workplace skills.
To increase student understanding, we use a variety of strategies, including:
  • Asking open-ended questions.
  • Helping students master key vocabulary words.
  • Providing students with feedback.
  • Having students work in small groups.
  • Helping new students feel comfortable.
Says Michael Essenburg, superintendent: “In today’s world, it’s vital that students understand. I want our students to learn that they should care for God’s creation, love God and others, make disciples, and participate in the body of Christ. I want our students to learn that we are to be content with what God provides and that God’s Word is true.”


During the August 28 staff meeting, staff discuss what they want students to understand about God, His world, and their place in it.