Educational Philosophy and Goals
We believe that each child is unique and has special talents and abilities. Our responsibility is to provide learning experiences in an atmosphere that capitalizes on nurturing these talents while challenging students to acquire new skills and understandings. We welcome the responsibility to provide a rich learning environment for all students, one that promotes academic excellence for everyone. Accordingly, curriculum and instruction should address the gifts, talents and unique learning needs of every student. Additionally, we recognize that students display a multitude of special gifts including artistic, academic, interpersonal, athletic and musical talent. The elementary years are a time to promote the academic, social, emotional, physical and aesthetic development of each child. It is also a time to build strong classroom communities in which children of different abilities and interests grow and learn together. The learning needs of children demonstrating high achievement in academic areas will be met in the regular classroom setting through differentiated instruction. Teachers will employ a variety of strategies and learning formats to create appropriate academic challenge.
Differentiated instruction will include:
• Individualized reading program
• Curriculum compacting in mathematics
• Varied groupings for instruction (small group collaborative, partner work, 1:1)
• Project based learning with a research component
• Interdisciplinary connections with technology integration
• Extensions related to topics that go beyond the prescribed curriculum
- Instill awareness within each child of his/her capabilities.
- Emphasize each child’s unique qualities as an individual.
- Develop each child’s self-confidence and strong feelings of self worth.
- Promote feelings of personal happiness and contentment within each child.
- Teach tolerance, acceptance and appreciation for the uniqueness of others.
- Provide opportunities that enable each child to reach his/her full potential.
- Teach essential skills and concepts in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science,
health and technology.
- Develop and enhance artistic and creative strengths.
- Develop decision-making and problem solving abilities.
- Promote divergent thinking and higher level thinking patterns.
- Teach children to strive for personal excellence.