At The Children’s School, students are active participants in their own learning. It is the teacher’s role to guide their curiosity and help them find meaning through intrinsic motivation. At times, the teacher will direct the learning activity and at other times during the day the children are given opportunities to choose from a selection of activities. They may work on publishing their stories, solving a problem in their math journals, playing with blocks, or working with other students on a group project. As children grow, they embrace their responsibilities and learn to manage their own work.
Teachers intersperse skill development into thematic investigations to assure the proper scaffolding of student growth in a given area of study. For example, during an eight-week project on pioneers, a teacher at The Children’s School would integrate skill development in research, reading, writing, math, science, art, and social studies by guiding the children’s natural excitement and curiosity about pioneer life.
Our teachers see themselves as the “lead learners” in their classrooms. To encourage their continued growth as professionals and as people, The Children’s School provides financial resources for our faculty to seek professional development opportunities that speak to their own excitement and curiosity. This includes participating in classes and workshops, traveling to visit other schools, and exploring their own personal interests and talents. In this way, we enable our teachers to also experience the joy of being a student.