Walker Learn­ing

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SCHOOL OF THE WEEK -

WALKER Learn­ing is a ped­a­gogy (method and prac­tice of teach­ing) not a pro­gram nor a tool.

In the early child­hood and pri­mary years, Walker Learn­ing is de­signed to pro­vide a bal­ance of ex­plicit teach­ing of lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy (and other cur­ricu­lum ar­eas) with time also for chil­dren to ac­tively in­ves­ti­gate a range of skills and ex­pe­ri­ences for life ei­ther through planned play or projects de­pend­ing upon their age and stage of ma­tu­rity.

Walker Learn­ing places em­pha­sis upon re­la­tion­ships be­tween teacher, child and fam­ily. It views the child holis­ti­cally and val­ues emo­tional and so­cial life as im­por­tant as the aca­demic. We be­lieve suc­cess­ful ed­u­ca­tion in­cludes two ma­jor foci: Skills for Life: De­vel­op­ing chil­dren who can think for them­selves and oth­ers, who can cre­ate and imag­ine, who are strong in their lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy, and who can nav­i­gate the chal­lenges of the world with in­trin­sic mo­ti­va­tion and a strength of char­ac­ter de­rived from a strong sense of self and re­silience; to be emo­tion­ally in­tel­li­gent, self-ini­tia­tors, re­flec­tive of them­selves and oth­ers, strong and ar­tic­u­late com­mu­ni­ca­tors with a re­al­is­tic sense of them­selves and oth­ers.

Skills for Cur­ricu­lum: Skills for life work along­side skills of lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy, the arts, science and other cur­ricu­lum ar­eas and are placed within the in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ests, col­lec­tive cul­ture and com­mu­ni­ties of the chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. Walker Learn­ing uses ev­i­dence from how chil­dren de­velop neu­ro­log­i­cally, de­vel­op­men­tally and through the in­flu­ences of cul­ture and fam­ily, to set up the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment to re­flect in­door and out­door learn­ing and places and spa­ces that re­flect calm but stim­u­lat­ing range of in­ves­ti­ga­tions and places to ex­plore, ex­per­i­ment and learn.

Neu­ro­science and devel­op­men­tal psy­chol­ogy are ma­jor dis­ci­plines that guide ped­a­gog­i­cal prac­tice in Walker Learn­ing.

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