We have submitted another version of our application to Northern Michigan University. In one word, compelling.
To cultivate children’s love of learning, motivate individual voices, and encourage respect and involvement in their community and the world.
To empower our children to become passionate, creative learners by fostering an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to education. To ensure an environment of respect and collaboration that builds self-esteem, promotes academic excellence, and gives young people the skills and confidence to navigate life’s challenges.
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
The following are book excerpts from The Passion-Driven Classroom: A framework for Teaching & Learning by Angela Maiers and Amy Sandvold, 2011.
Passion: The Latin origin of the word comes from “passio,” or suffering. Suffering pain is a very real part of it and one of the reasons many people are not willing to expose themselves to it. Passionate learners combine fun, playfulness, and discipline and, at the same time, accept the necessity for endurance and perseverance.
Passionate Learners are:
- Fiercely driven
- Determined to be excellent
The outcome of our first meeting August 2012 resulted a brainstorm of what we envision as our ideal learning environment. This is the list we generated:
Our Ideal Education Environment
- Have small school size; physical layout, number of students.
- Empowering the children, active learning.
- No teaching to the test.
- Show positive respect for relationships with a sense of equality.
- Bring in Nature, outside learning through entire education career.
- Create passion for learning.
“Learning is not just about the academics or what educators refer to as the cognitive learning domain. A wholistic education also includes the affective (social-emotional), and psychomotor (motor-physicals skills) learning domains.” -Alfie Kohn
“Learning is not only an individual affair, but includes learning from others by understanding the importance of interdependence and the emotional well-being of individuals making up the community.” -Alfie Kohn
As much as we know the value of a STEM education, we also believe that the Arts and Music are also very essential.
Solving problems requires that individuals work with each other in a manner where all contribute according to their strengths.
“Students actively participate in constructing their own learning process. This may include contributing to the curriculum, asking questions and looking for the answers, thinking of possibilities, and evaluating their own learning and their teachers. The emphasis is on active learning rather than passive learning where material is taught to students who are seen solely as ‘empty vessels.’” -Alfie Kohn
Although standardized testing is a requirement for all public schools, we admit it has had a negative influence in education. What is a better way to assess?
We have an ever growing works references page.
Still in progress, we have a new page on meta-cognition. Click here to view.