EL Design Principles
The design principles express the philosophy of education and core values of Expeditionary Learning.
- The primacy of self-discovery
Learning happens best with emotion, challenge, and the requisite support.
- The having of wonderful ideas
Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiosity about the world.
- The responsibility for learning
Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity.
- Empathy and caring
Learning is fostered best in communities where students’ and teachers’ ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust.
- 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.
- Collaboration and competition
Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear.
- Diversity and inclusion
Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others.
- 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.
- Solitude and reflection
Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas.
- Service and compassion
Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others.
Franklin School of Innovation welcomed back FSI 6th-10th grade scholars this week!
The office was buzZzzingly busy….with schedule changes, meetings, forgotten lunch deliveries, a few dress code violations, many Positive Referrals for Mr. Ben, our Dean of Students :-), and a few pesky flies that moved into the building while the floors were being waxed a week ago. Fortunately, we have a couple of stealthy, well-armed swatters to take care of that…
Seventh Grade Crews tied up in teamwork initiatives…