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The Joule School  

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Educational Philosophy

Kids are unique!   Some children  need the freedom to explore and experiment, and quickly become bored and frustrated with worksheets and lecture.  Others find the movement and noise of a busy, hands-on classroom overwhelming, and perform better in a classroom with a more traditional structure.  The most important part of choosing a school is finding the perfect fit for your kids.   A  match between an academic program and your child's learning style will ensure that they maintain a positive attitude towards school and are challenged, but not overwhelmed, by the curriculum.  

Every school follows an educational philosophy, which is a broad idea about the purpose and best method of educating children.  It determines how the students are taught, which curriculum is used, and which teachers are hired.  A match between your ideas and the school's philosophy will help ensure that you end up happy with the teachers, curriculum, and structure of the classroom after enrollment.   Knowing your child as you do, think about which classroom would help them be happy, motivated, and eager to learn.  Since their daily experience in the classroom will affect their attitude about school and effort towards schoolwork, choosing the educational method that is right for them is essential.

We use an experiential teaching approach, which is one of the four primary educational philosophies.  This guide can help you determine if experiential education is right for your child, or if another method is a better match.  After all, while many students can adapt to any classroom, most children will ultimately be happier and try harder in a program which is well-suited to their individual talents. 
 

Learn More About The Four Educational Philosophies

The Four:
Classical
Conventional
Active
Student-Led
Buzzwords
The Trivium
Common Core
Back-to-Basics
Hands-On Education
Project-Based Learning
Whole Child Education
Inquiry-Based Learning
Philosophy
Students should study the classical knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome through repetition and memorization.
Students should learn to read, write, and compute by listening to their teacher and following directions.
Students should study all subjects, and the connections between them, by moving, exploring, and experimenting.
Students should choose what they want to study, and learn by exploring at their own pace.
Used By
Classical Schools
Traditional Private Schools
Public Schools
Most Charter Schools
Traditional Private Schools
The Joule School
Progressive Private Schools
Montessori, Reggio Emilia, & Waldorf Schools

Unschoolers
Sudbury Schools
 
 
Classical
Memorization and Drill
Conventional
Taking Notes at a Desk
Active
Moving and Experimenting
Student-Led
Student's Choice
How Teachers Teach
The teacher provides lists of information for children to memorize.  They use lecture, worksheets, flashcards, and classical texts to present information. Older students are taught to think critically through the study of logic and debate. 
Lecture is the standard method of instruction.  The teacher will explain a concept, then assign sections of practice work for students to review the concepts taught in class and prepare for quizzes and tests.  
The teacher converts the concept to be learned into a problem that can be solved through movement.  They develop hands-on lessons to help students grasp and understand concepts. Formal testing is used to evaluate learners' progress.
The student selects the lessons and tasks that they would like study. Teachers are available to coax students and answer questions if they get stuck on a task, but they defer to the interests of the child.
How Students Learn
Students copy information, such as spelling words, multiple times. Recitation, drilling of facts, and worksheets form the core of the curriculum for most students.
Students listen to their teacher (auditory delivery). They may create book reports, projects, or complete worksheets.  Some schools emphasize test prep.
Classes are interdisciplinary, e.g., English and History are taught together. Students build, draw, and experiment to learn the concepts in each course.  Rhyming songs and games are used for memorization. 
Instruction is self-paced and student initiated.  The student selects an activity, project, or play and works on it until they decide to switch to a new topic.
In the Classroom
Expect to see neat rows of desks, traditional teaching methods such as a blackboard and projector screen, and a long reading list with classic texts.   Classes are grouped by age.  Students will usually use a workbook/worksheet to do their homework. 
Lectures may be accompanied by YouTube clips or web surfing. Students will be seated at a desk or table, depending on the teacher.  Classes are grouped by age. Homework will usually consist of reports, projects, and/or worksheets.
Students will be working in groups or pairs during the learning portion of the class.  Students may be the same age, or a combination of different age groups, depending on the subject. Students may be outside or on a field lesson instead of in a classroom.  Homework is not typically assigned. 
Students in the classroom will be working on different tasks independently or with a teacher. There will typically be students of several different age groups in one classroom. Homework occurs only if students choose to pursue it.