In the Preparation
For the past 20+ years, I have been presenting information about our preschool and elementary program to many parents eager to enroll their children at Mid-Pacific. I usually preface my comments by explaining the whole experience of school learning from preschool through high school as an investment of time and treasure. More importantly, being part of Mid-Pacific is a commitment to ways of learning and thinking about the child in relation to the community and the global environment. It’s all in the preparation, that is, what we do to prepare students to be world-ready.
While I acknowledge the diverse talents of each faculty member and encourage them to teach to their strengths, I know that underpinning their practice are the key educational beliefs we share about teaching and learning.
- All teaching begins with an image of the child as capable, competent, enriched by the child’s own experiences.
- Children’s questions, wondering, and interests form the basis of learning journeys.
- All areas of development are important: cognitive, social-emotional, spiritual, physical and academic.
- Learning should be meaningful, purposeful, and support a growing sense of self identity.
- Learning is a process over time.
- Addressing children’s neurodiversity requires an understanding of how children learn.
- Learning is co-constructed, thus, children should have many opportunities to collaborate, problem solve, and celebrate together.
- Older and younger learners together (multiage environments) mirror how real communities function and thrive.
- Reflection about learning is the impetus for continued and improved learning.
Teachers create, innovate, and interact with their students based on this foundation of educational beliefs, which keep us focused on the learner. Again, all elements working together while teachersʻ professional independence is honored and celebrated. When I speak to parents about the unique educational program at Mid-Pacific, I am fully aware of what it takes working at the preschool and elementary levels to prepare children for whatʻs ahead.
It’s all in the preparation.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.