We believe that students learn best when they are . . .
- essential members of a vibrant, diverse learning community,
- immersed in challenging, real-life experiences that make a difference,
- exploring ideas, questions, and projects that are meaningful and relevant to them,
- collaborating with inspiring adults who know them well,
- given real responsibility for their education, and
- in touch with their innate wisdom and capacity for insight.
from Watershed School
Re-listening to outgoing NAIS president Pat Bassett’s TEDxSaintGeorgesSchool – Schools of the Future, I heard him say that one of his grandchildren attends The Watershed School. At 18:30, Bassett explains the way 7th graders start the school year at Watershed – with an expedition to the source of the Colorado River. Learning is based on exploration and discovery, problem finding and problem solving – real-life context in which the content is solute dissolving in solvent to form a solution.
What does your school believe helps students learn best? How are you realizing those beliefs?
Building further from this post: “Could there actually be one “C” to rule them all?!”