Community School Constructs
Why we do what we do
- Children learn by doing. This applies to: making decisions, taking responsibility, engaging in critical thinking, and solving problems (intellectual and interpersonal).
- Children learn best when their abilities are challenged, internal motivation is increased, and their interest and learning style is taken into account.
- The community supports the teachers in their professional judgment as to the best strategies to meet the needs of each individual child as well as the whole class.
- Children learn best in a supportive, cooperative environment.
- Children learn best in an atmosphere where their process, and not merely the end result, is acknowledged, and mistakes are recognized as a natural part of the learning process.
- Opportunities for interaction between students of all ages lead to integration of learning, increased ability in social skills, problem-solving skills and decision-making skills.
- Children learn best in an atmosphere that acknowledges and integrates their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
- Children learn best when they feel good about themselves and feel empowered socially, emotionally, and academically.
- Children learn more readily when their home environment is philosophically compatible with the educational framework of their learning.
- Children learn best when parents work cooperatively with teachers and are actively and visibly involved in their child's social and academic development.
- Children learn best when their horizons are broadened by exposure to the interests and styles of many people, including other children, teachers, parents and the community-at-large.