Friday, March 04, 2011

what it means to teach



One of the great advantages of having a blended school, grades 1 through 12 on the same campus, and preschoolers nearby is that the situation presents opportunities for the older children to take on teaching responsibilities. In chemistry, that means that the students prepare demonstrations for the lower classes. As David notes in a comment below, he and others (and perhaps we all) "learn the fullest by teaching others." Just in case any of you wonder how I became a competent woodworker, I can assure you that it wasn't only by hanging out alone in the wood shop.

One of the techniques used at Clear Spring School to increase interest in reading among those lacking in reading confidence is to have them read to younger children. It allows them to return to practicing on easier materials, to gain greater confidence and reading competence, while also setting an example for the children in the lower grades.

Through all of this inter-grade interaction, the Clear Spring School campus becomes much more like a family than a school.

A reader asked about giving support to Clear Spring School. The school gets no tax dollars, has a tuition rate far lower than other NAIS accredited schools, and is therefore very dependent on an active fund raising program. In other words, you can help. Checks can be sent to :
Clear Spring School
PO Box 511
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
If you want to direct your donation to my program in the wood shop, write WOH or wisdom of the hands in the memo space. All donations to Clear Spring School are tax deductible and will support hands-on learning.

DIY, TIY, make, fix and create. By teaching what you learn, you will learn what you learn at its fullest and deepest levels.
Bill Forrest sent in the following link which my readers may enjoy: Planting Seeds.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Clear Spring is a wonderful place, and deserves our help.

Mario