Theories permit consciousness to ‘jump over its own shadow’ to leave behind the given, to represent the transcendent, and to rejoice in the realm of uncertainty…
Our educators, parents and learners embrace the opportunity to be engaged in powerful learning moments as we are immersed in our search for knowledge, deeper understandings and new questions. We live and learn together in community around legitimate questions, collaboratively building possibilities and seeing different perspectives. We imagine what it could be like in our big world if all education were built on learners’ questions, wonderings and theories. If all education respected differences and permitted learners to enter into spaces of disequilibrium where children can search for and reconstruct meaning. We are deeply grateful for our school approach where we have the opportunity daily to think for ourselves, think joyfully with others, and enter into authentic and open relationships with one another.
We don’t forget about the basics around reading, writing and arithmetic — our learning grows children from the inside out. Our approaches respect our learners’ capacities to co-construct their knowledge and to become grounded in knowing themselves as learners. We work to develop a culture of inquiry and collaboration as we embrace uncertainty and look at failure as an opportunity for growth. We invite learners into the process of symbolic representation, where they can reflect and represent and reach deeper places of understanding. Materials are respected tools and are seen as a means for expression.
Simply, the Temple Beth Sholom Innovative School is a habitat for learners to be seen as competent and essential to the design of the learning experience. It is a place where diversity is embraced, respect vital, and relationships key to the fabric of our community. We welcome you and feel privileged to be a part of your life!
Head of School