Educational Philosophy Snapshot
· Every Child Can Learn
- Maximize the “teachable moments” that occur each day.
- Set high and positive expectations in the classroom from day one
- Includes: surveys to learn about student learning styles, assessments to guide instruction, parent communication, clear expectations and established procedures
- GOAL: students know what to expect and how to be successful in the classroom; find how the students learn best, meet their needs and develop life-long learners
· Differentiated Instruction
- Begin lessons where the students are and not with a “one size fits all” attitude
- Acknowledge each student’s background and learning styles when developing lessons
- Includes: flexible seating, cooperative groups, paired activities, individual work, interest and tier based centers, anchor activities and variety of assessments
- GOAL: develop all lessons and activities to provide all students the opportunity to participate and reach their highest potential
· Balanced Approach
- Mix of direct instruction with class discussion, cooperative learning and independent practice.
- Includes: textbook reading, lecturing, technology integration (powerpoints, videos, pictures, etc.), debates, literature circles and primary source supplements
- GOAL: incorporate several instructional methods in order to reach students with various learning styles and provide them with the multiple strategies needed to reach their highest potential
· Inquiry Based Learning
- Encourage creative problem solving and risk taking
- Develop a positive learning community and foster communication skills, interpretive abilities and an understanding of issues from a variety of perspectives
- Includes: research, field work and projects
- GOAL: Build on a student’s prior knowledge, activate their natural curiosity and guide them into making connections between what they already know, what they are learning and life outside of school.