The philosophy of learner-centered education expands beyond head knowledge work and involves working with learners holistically. Each student’s work will be documented on an individual learning plan created and updated for each learning unit with the learning team (the student, advisor, and, whenever possible, internship mentor) in a learning plan meeting.
All the components that make up the student’s learning experience – the curriculum, the learning environment, the use of time during the school day, the choice of workshops, the focus and depth of investigation – will be developed based on the student’s individual interests, talents, and needs.
Based on the Bloom’s Taxonomy, Project-based learning (PBL) helps students to respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge and apply the knowledge in a real life situation. Bloom’s Taxonomy was created in order to promote higher forms of thinking in education, such as analyzing and evaluating concepts, processes, procedures, and principles, rather than just remembering facts.
The curriculum will advance the student learning process beyond remembering and regurgitating the information to deeper understanding and the ability to transfer and apply knowledge.
Engaging the Landscape
Outdoor learning will focus on and around the natural environment, and all activities will be designed with the objective of encouraging the development of creativity and self-guided learning, while reinforcing independence and self-esteem.
These experiences have the potential to build character and strong work ethics. These, in turn, will produce highly motivated young people who will be role models to their peers, as well as productive and responsible citizens.
People to Meet
The best way for them to learn how to perform is by being immersed in the related field.
With mentoring, a young person steps into the professional world on a regular basis and interacts with a variety of adults. Mentoring moves a young person beyond the familiarity of the subject matter in her personal life and provides a broader range of role models.
The projects will be based on service learning and connected to the student’s interests while meeting the needs of the mentors, and will be the main root to deepening student learning and academic growth.
Dr. Heather Greenhalgh
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