Every student will develop the academic, social and life skills necessary to lead them to a healthy and fulfilling life. A partnership with parents/guardians is essential to support a student's education, and Marvin Academy encourages families to establish and develop a bond with the teachers and staff. With continued increases in class size among most traditional public schools, individualized education has become a very difficult task. We design our curriculum to complement the students rather than the students conforming to the curriculum. Our top priority is always to provide the best learning experience imaginable for each student.
The following factors, encompassed in the school philosophy and practices, are:
- Changing the teaching approach instead of trying to change the way a student learns
- Valuing and encouraging education and success while balancing academic rigor and expectations
- Using a high warmth/low criticism style of interaction
- Setting and enforcing clear boundaries (i.e., rules, norms, code of conduct)
- Reducing homework burdens so families spend time together during evenings and weekends
- Teaching life-planning skills so students become responsible and productive adults
- Promoting close interpersonal bonds
- Encouraging goal setting and mastery
In differentiated classrooms, teachers begin where students are, not in front of a curriculum guide. Because each student is unique when it comes to their learning profile, teachers will provide instruction that takes into account many factors. Among these are varying the models of curriculum delivery, offering students choices in materials and allowing a variety of styles of demonstration of knowledge.
Theme and Project Based Learning
We provide students the opportunity to develop projects that relate to interests and demonstrate mastery of skills. These projects are individual or collaborative based upon student needs. Providing students with themes and projects that connect all subjects, allows students to associate life experiences with what they are learning. Children of all ages learn better when they understand the purpose for what is being taught.