I think that I’m starting to get it.
I am starting to recognize the importance of knowing and understanding the place in which you learn (formally that is).
Our amazing learning support teacher recently asked a group of Grade 6 aged students what makes Wildflower School a bit unique. This is what they shared (in their own words):
- Each class is different
- We are comfortable [safe] expressing feelings
- Teachers are good at dealing with conflict
- Teachers work on themselves as people
- We start where we are at [as individual learners]
- [We value] relationships
- We are all of value; our people, our knowledge
- We are SUPER inclusive
- Leadership [we support people to be leaders]
- Non-traditional schooling
- We have open communication with each other
- We are multiage
- You know everyone
- Different learning styles are celebrated
- I feel safe here
- Way less bullying
- Be who you want to be without judgment
- Not hierarchical [their word not hers]
- First name basis with teachers
- We practice restorative justice
- Individualized learning; learn your own way; you choose
your own path
When learners know their environment and by that I mean they deeply feel a part of a safe, inclusive, supportive and respectful learning community it’s kinda hard not to be successful. To love to learn. To take risks.
So happy where I have landed.