Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's social!

This must-read article from The Economist, An Alternative Vote, applying science to the teaching of science, gives proof that Parker's teaching methods are superior to a traditional teacher-directed model.  The article describes an experiment in teaching and learning at the college level that demonstrates the effectiveness of small group, discussion based learning,

Human learning is most effective when it is social.  This is intuitive to thoughtful and observant teachers, and it is supported by neuroscience.  Independent schools like Parker are at the cutting edge of using this knowledge to leverage student success.  Our flexibility is an enormous asset to our students and their achievement.

 Visitors talk about Africa with K-1's.
 2-3's are preparing for a Show of Work about China.
Preschoolers greet a guest at the classroom door.

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