Home Design Principles
Design Principles
PDF Print E-mail

THE PRIMACY OF SELF-DISCOVERY

Learning happens best with emotion, challenge and the necessary support. People discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure and the unexpected. You should undertake tasks that require perseverance, fitness, craftsmanship, imagination, self-discipline, and significant achievement. A teacher’s primary task is to help you overcome your fears and help you discover that you can do more than you think you can.

THE HAVING OF WONDERFUL IDEAS

Your teachers are here to foster curiosity about the world by creating learning situations that provide something important to think about, time to experiment, and time to make sense of what you observe.

THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEARNING

Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity. Everyone learns both individually and as part of a group. Every aspect of Manara Academy encourages both children and adults to become increasingly responsible for directing their own personal and collective learning.

EMPATHY AND CARING

Learning is fostered best in communities where students’ and teachers’ ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust. Learning groups are small in our school, with a caring adult looking after the progress and acting as an advocate for each child. Older students should mentor younger ones, and students should feel physically and emotionally safe.

SUCCESS AND FAILURE

All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges. But it is also important for you to learn from your failures, to persevere when things are hard, and to learn to turn disabilities into opportunities.

 

COLLABORATION AND COMPETITION

Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear. You are encouraged to compete, not against each other, but with your own personal best and with rigorous standards of excellence.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others. You should investigate and value your different histories and talents as well as those of other communities and cultures. Schools and learning groups are heterogeneous (different).

 

THE NATURAL WORLD

A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect. You should learn to become supervisors of the earth and of future generations.

SOLITUDE AND REFLECTION

Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas. They should also exchange their reflections with other students and with adults.

SERVICE AND COMPASSION

We are crew, not passengers. Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of important service to others, and one of our school’s primary functions is to prepare students with the attitudes and skills to learn from and be of service.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 10:13