Study depends on the good will of the student, a quality which cannot be secured by compulsion

 

 

RANDOM WALKS

 

 

Institutions have the length and shadow of a single person

 

 

 

A Footloose Journey of Discovery

 

A potpouri of the differing but complementary strands of thought energizing today's educators

 

 

"...schools are for children and the needs of children must drive the decision-making process." 

 

"...all children have an individual ability to learn."

 

"...education means more than the pursuit of a specific course of study. It has to do with the whole being. It is the harmonious development of the physical, mental, social, and spiritual powers."

 

"...we believe that children in their young and formative years require positive guidance coupled with well-defined limits of behavior. The observance of these limits gives the child sense of inner security, and contributes towards the formation of strong moral character."

 

"...each child has the responsibility to make the most of every school day."

 

"...recognizing the importance of developing the whole child, we offer different opportunities for arts exploration, through band, chorus and art fairs. Athletic activities at our school are designed to teach fundamental concepts like teamwork, as well as to provide opportunities to build individual talents and explore new areas of interest such as track, volleyball and spirit squad/cheerleading."

  

"...each child is unique.  Background, interests, general abilities, special talents and rate of development physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and creatively vary from child to child.  To celebrate these individual differences, we endeavor to provide varied opportunities for children to develop their talents...artistic, interpersonal, athletic and musical."

 

"...providing challenging programs to meet the special needs of gifted and talented students. Our program strives to challenge students to develop and operate at higher cognitive levels becoming more independent, intuitive, and creative individuals."

 

 "...we seek to inspire active learners who think critically and take intellectual risks." 

"...we believe children work harder, achieve more and treat each other with a higher level of dignity when they and their efforts are visibly and consistently encouraged and valued."

 

 "...students will be encouraged to listen to others with understanding and be flexible in their thinking.' 

"...children are naturally curious and learn through interaction with each other and the environment. These interactions build a solid foundation for later abstract learning."  

 

"...students  will develop skills and abilities academically, culturally, emotionally, socially and physically.  This learning coupled with ongoing development of discipline, self-respect and respect for others will assist children to become confident, capable learners."

"...because individuals, families and this community are unique culturally, economically and geographically, we endeavor to provide programs and services which are coordinated and responsive to needs on an individual basis."

 "...parent participation is an important part of supporting our  philosophy. Parents are trained to work in classrooms to facilitate effective small group instruction. The time and talents of our parents make possible the rich, dynamic and flexible curriculum that individually challenges each child."

 

"...through varied teaching techniques we will provide each student with the skills necessary for cumulative learning, a sense of worth leading to social maturity, and the means to develop a set of moral and ethical values."



"...the single most important feature of engaging learning for the human mind is the quality of a student’s interaction with the material being learned. This philosophy encourages individual, self-paced exploration of ideas, recognition of idiosyncratic learning styles,collaborative efforts among students, and teacher-led  presentations. Because we believe that variety in delivery of information is important, we support and utilize a wide spectrum of classroom formats and activities."

 

"... Waldorf puts a high premium on play and fantasy and withholds academic learning until children have reached an appropriate age."

 

"...students need to be taught that learning is sometimes a long but rewarding process and that learning is not limited to school."

 

"...provide an opportunity for students to critically think, problem solve and keep asking questions."

 

.. we have small groups in basic academic subjects, and we limit “pull-outs”. 

 

"...provide an opportunity for all students to learn according to their own growth patterns and abilities."

 

"...we believe that the school should begin early to teach such concepts as respecting the values of different groups. This should lead into an understanding of our basic democratic way of life."

 

"...we believe that caring, sincerity, fairness and consistency are essential qualities for a positive learning environment."