Principles for Teaching and Learning
Children share responsibility for their own learning and are active participants in the teaching and learning process.
- Teachers and students initiate inquiries, set objectives, and meet new challenges.
- There is active exploration of concepts, materials, and the environment
- Learning often involves trial and error and “mistakes” are regarded as an integral part of the learning process.
The rewards of learning are intrinsic.
- Children maintain the innate desire to learn and make sense of the world.
- Learning produces its own rewards.
- Extrinsic rewards such as prizes and artificial grades are avoided.
Learning is connected and integrated.
- Curriculum is integrated around themes and topics, reflecting the natural way children live and learn.
- Learning is connected to and builds on children’s experiences and interests.
Children learn best in a respectful nurturing environment.
- Children’s feelings and ideas are respected, and their work is valued.
- There is a spirit of caring commitment to each child.
- Parents, teachers and students create a learning community.
Parents are involved partners in their children’s education.
- Parents are encouraged to participate in classroom and school activities.
- Extensive communication between parents and teachers supports and extends the child’s learning.
The curriculum is balanced to develop the whole child.
- Curriculum and instruction fosters all areas of development: cognitive, social, emotional, physical and aesthetic.
Basic skills are important.
- Basic skills are crucial tools that are learned and applied throughout the curriculum.
Learning focuses on concept formation, decision-making and problem solving.
- Students are empowered to be confident, independent thinkers and to develop complex thinking skills.
- Students are encouraged to plan, make choices and solve problems.
Learning is seen as a life-long process.
- Students are encouraged to extend their learning as far as possible.
- Expectations are high, and all students are expected to do their best work and to develop to their fullest potential.
Learning fosters the development of collaboration and cooperation.
- Children work together to solve problems and achieve goals.
- Students learn from each other..
- Students practice effective leadership, and have opportunities to be cooperative team members.
The learning environment fosters the growth of children’s self-discipline.
- Children are expected to take responsibility for their own actions.
- Children are encouraged to exhibit fairness and self-control.
The learning environment fosters respect for self and others and an appreciation of the similarities and differences among people.
- Students, faculty, staff and parents are expected to treat each other with kindness and respect.
- Children are encouraged to appreciate their own heritage and the cultures of other people.
- Children come to value the ways people are alike and different.
Assessment provides information needed by teachers, parent, and children to guide the learning process.
- Assessment is an ongoing process that helps in making informed decisions.
- Students demonstrate learning in a variety of ways.
- Reports to parents are meaningful and descriptive.