What makes a community ideal for learning and growing?

An ideal learning community encourages ALL learners to set goals and make plans for achieving them so they can grow — intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.

In a truly ideal learning community, when we say ALL learners, we are including the adults!

I am proud to say that Ravenscroft does indeed consider its faculty members learners, and part of our faculty growth and evaluation system asks each faculty member to set a professional goal each year along with the institutional and divisional goals set by the administration. The goals must be focused on positively impacting student learning, and faculty members must identify strategic plans for working toward their goal.

When setting goals, we ask the faculty to phrase goals in the form of a question so they are processing the why behind their goal. We also ask them to identify how working toward the goal will impact student learning. I have been extremely proud of our Lower School faculty during our professional growth meetings these past few weeks because it is clear they have a strong desire to learn and grow for the betterment of their students.

Here are just a few examples of the goal questions being asked by Lower School faculty members:

  • What specific lessons can I integrate into my existing pre-Kindergarten social studies curriculum that would support our leadership and citizenship initiatives and foster good social practices and learning for students?
  • How can I improve parents’ understanding of the daily phonics lessons undertaken by the students, so that parents can be familiar enough with the concepts covered in class to reinforce them at home when their children read/write?
  • How can I better differentiate my math instruction to appropriately meet the needs of all my students in the most effective way possible?
  • How can I be intentional about using what I learned at Teachers College to help me elevate the level of comprehension that the readers in my class attain?
  • How can classroom management strategies improve my teaching and the students’ learning? What classroom management strategies work well for transitioning between activities? What classroom management strategies work well for redirecting students whom are off-task? What strategies can be used to support students who have attention difficulties in the classroom?
  • How can I best integrate the teaching of language and culture in the Spanish Curriculum to develop reading and writing skills? What will I need to change in my current curriculum which focuses mainly on the development of listening and speaking skills? Will my newly designed activities help them develop their reading and writing skills?

Our institutional goal asks:

How can we integrate technology tools in the teaching and learning process?

Our divisional goal asks:

How do we ensure all members of the Lower School community are respecting themselves, each other, and the learning spaces on a daily basis?

As you can see from the questions we are asking here at Ravenscroft, we are striving for excellence and committed to providing our students with a top-notch 21st century education.

I encourage you to not only ask your child about their goals and plans for achieving them, but also ask our faculty about theirs!

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