Instruction of core subjects does not occur in isolation. Math and literacy are integrated into Art, Seminar, Physical Education, Music, and Media/Technology. Teachers work closely with specialists (MITs) to ensure that connections are made between all subjects and that units of study are well integrated.
Paideia principles are held as core professional beliefs for all staff. They serve as the cornerstone for the instructional methods used at Brooks. Teachers facilitate seminars and coach students through projects within integrated units of study. Teachers are coaches and lifelong learners.
Brooks embraces diversity and strives to create a strong sense of community within each classroom, across the school, and among school families. Morning Meeting occurs each day in every classroom and is used to ensure a sense of belonging for each child, to intentionally build relationships, and to build positive communication skills.
Learning at Brooks centers around authentic experiences. Objects, artifacts, and primary sources are used as inquiry points throughout all curricular areas.
Study-guided trips to museums and authentic locations are purposefully planned and directly aligned with integrated units to provide learning opportunities beyond the classroom walls.
(from the National Paideia Center)
From the Greek, pais, paidos, the nurturing of the child. Term implies holistic education that leads to physical, emotional, and intellectual maturity over the course of a lifetime. Paideia program introduced as an approach to American education in the early 1980s by Mortimor Adler. Paideia embodies an educational experience that prepares students to participate fully in a democratic society over the course of their entire lives.
Three Columns of Instruction
Didactic Coaching Seminar
During a Paideia seminar, students are actively engaged in speaking and listening while the teacher or facilitator asks open-ended questions about a text. Sometimes the text is a piece of art, a story, a poem, or any other type of text.
Before the seminar conversation begins students create personal and group goals. They also prepare for the discussion by participating in content-based activities.
After the seminar students go through the writing process to complete a task to show their understanding of the seminar ideas and values and core content.
Check out these videos created by the National Paideia Center of Brooks students participating in Paideia Seminar.