Basic Principles of LearningIt is my responsibility to create a classroom environment which allows your child to grow academically, creatively, socially, and emotionally. The philosophy of this classroom is to encourage students to become excited and self-directed in their own learning. The following principles are the guidelines to achieve these goals:
- Learning can be fun!
- Children are responsible for their own behavior and learning.
- The teacher’s role is that of a guide, facilitator, and role model – not simply as a purveyor of knowledge.
- Parents/guardians, school staff, and the classroom teacher are all partners in providing a supportive learning environment.
- Work is activity-based and student-centered. Students learn by doing, by manipulating materials, by experiencing, by questioning, by investigating, by gathering information, by drawing conclusions, by making decisions, and by being given individual responsibilities.
- Students learn in many different ways, with different styles, and by using different strategies.
- Students should be encouraged to construct their own meaning and knowledge; learning is enhanced when it has personal meaning.
- Students learn from their mistakes. It is important to take risks and to explore new ideas and experiences.
- Basic skills are important for all students. Each should have the opportunity to develop these skills in meaningful ways.
- Students should learn to work independently and become engaged in their own level of interest and ability.
- Students learn from each other. They should practice how to collaborate, cooperate, and work effectively as partners or within teams.
- The curriculum should be integrated as much as possible, combining several disciplines around central themes.
- Thoughtful self-reflection and self-assessment are the keys to ongoing learning and progress. Setting realistic goals for achievement and growth is important.