Teaching and Learning

"Experience is life's greatest teacher." - unknown author

"People cannot learn by having information pressed into their brains. Knowledge has to be sucked into the brain, not pushed in. First, one must create a state of mind that craves knowledge, interest and wonder. You can teach only by creating an urge to know."- Victor Weisskopf, Physics Professor

“Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.” -William Butler

To the teacher, learner-centered teaching involves connecting with knowledge and students at the same time. Teachers find this model of education as rewarding as students and parents. Below are some of the goals and outcomes of the learner-centered model of teaching.


  • Teachers and students exchange ideas, make connections, and appreciate the learning styles of all the diverse learners within the classroom community.
  • Learner-centered curriculum focuses on the active engagement of students.
  • Connecting class topics with students' lives and offering students choices to be embedded within their learning is valued and emphasized.
  • An excited and motivated student generally translates into engaged students with longer retention of knowledge and skills.
  • Students gain confidence through taking on new responsibilities and leadership roles.
  • Confident students have been shown to have higher levels of achievement in school and can attribute their success to their own abilities.
  • The learner-centered curriculum focuses on problem solving which gives the student the opportunity to go beyond the traditional curriculum, helping students transform their analysis of a problem into a point of view and learning how to practically employ this knowledge.
  • The learner-centered curriculum can help students develop necessary work place skills such as collaboration, team-building, developing interpersonal skills and independence, creative thinking skills, critical thinking skills, problem solving, and the confidence to express their opinions.
  • Students will develop tolerance, understanding, and respect for others' opinions.
  • The learner-centered curriculum encourages innovation and creativity through deeper learning which can be gained through a student's natural curiosity for subjects that motivate them.
  • Students learn research skills and analysis.
  • Students are more reflective, on each other and respect their individual unique abilities and skills.
  • Learner-centered curriculum recognizes the relationship between different academic subject areas and encouraging cross-curriculum skills.
  • The curriculum promotes lifelong learning and learners.
  • The teacher encourages students to inquire, ask questions, plan, predict, test, and draw conclusions.
  • Students are not the only learners, teachers are entrenched in the learning processes as well. The collaboration allows them to grow from learning new experiences and gain knowledge from one another. Learning is a two-way street in the learner-centered model.

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Learning in the moment

Learner-centered curriculum will help:

  • Strengthen student motivation
  • Promote peer communication
  • Build student-teacher relationships
  • Promote discovery and active learning
  • Increase responsibility for one’s own learning

Your child will be actively engaged in their learning. If something sparks their interest in the natural environment, we will fuel their curiosity through incidental teaching. Your child is the leader. What interests and motivates your child, guides our teaching process.

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“It is the one who does the work who does the learning.”- T. Doyle