Mid-October is a time of transition, when the novelty of school has worn off and it may seem like everyone else’s child is succeeding or achieving some new goal and ours may struggle. School is for the struggle. School is for the challenge and the growth. Skilled teachers work as guides that help students and parents find their own path.
If you talk to people online and they think you’re out of touch, they’ll say you need to touch grass! It’s true. We need to get in touch. We need to see what else is out there, understand what we value, and understand the value of others and find ways to communicate across differences.
A preschool-12 environment offers a unique opportunity to work with families across a student’s entire youth. Students and parents are always looking for peers and mentors to help them through the experience. We all need people to look up to and share notes with. This week we restarted our Buddies Program with the aim of building these critical connections.
Progressive education focuses on “learning by doing,” as opposed to memorizing. We encourage students and teachers to think and do, rather than cram and forget. We know that learning is not linear. We know that skills are developed with application in the real world and we know that every student learns in different ways at different speeds.
Waverly remains a school committed to social justice education. This means supporting and affirming the most marginalized members of the community, developing programs to meet every members’ needs and helping students develop the skills to change our world for the betterment of all. This goes beyond diversity and multiculturalism and means that we help students understand their experiences and the experiences of others while helping them fight for what they believe is right.