As a museums magnet school, Brooks utilizes museums approaches to learning to engage students with the core curriculum. Projects and student art are exhibited in the building, creating a museum of student work. Museums are utilized as places of learning, and are extensions of the classroom. Primary sources are utilized, such as guest speakers, artifacts, and information in the real world.
Brooks teachers believe that we must know our children individually, culturally, and developmentally. The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. We use Morning Meeting as a framework for building community.
Teachers at Brooks teach the curriculum in integrated units. These units take the core curriculum and find natural connections within the subject areas. These integrated quarterly units include museums approaches to learning, Paideia Seminars, study-guided experiences, and a culminating coached project. Our specialist teachers (MITs - Museums Integration Team) integrate core content with art, music, physical education, science, and media and technology.
As a Paideia Partner School, Brooks teachers utilize the Paideia program in the integrated units of study.
(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.