Learning is our goal for students, but what does that really mean? Is learning the acquisition of skills and knowledge? Is learning knowing? Is learning understanding? Does every student learn the same way? Can every student learn the same way? And what does this learning look like? Does all learning look the same? Does any learning look the same? And finally, who is responsible for the learning? Is it the teacher, the student, the family, or some combination?
In all my years as an educator, I have yet to identify any simple, clear answers to these questions. I don't mean to imply that I haven't spent hours and hours trying. In fact, I worked diligently on this very task. I have read, reread, synthesized, analyzed, written, rewritten, discussed, argued, opined, considered, and reconsidered many different possible answers. In working with other educators and professionals over the years, we cultivated many, many different possibilities; however, two major ideas kept bobbing to the surface of every discussion: 1) we are not delivering content but rather helping students learn how to learn best, and 2) every student/person can learn and progress in any subject/area with effective effort, perseverance, and resolve.
Everyday our faculty and staff partner with students and families to create a learning environment where we can help students understand and grasp these key, foundational ideas. A person who learns how to learn effectively can be an agile thinker, a flexible contributor, a critical thinker who can apply their learning to novel situations. And a person's potential for learning and growth is truly unlimited and can be directly affected by effective effort and determination. At St. Anne's, we are wholly committed to each student's social, emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, and artistic development and work diligently to meet each student's needs, to encourage learning, and to prepare each student for success in high school, college, and beyond.
Ultimately, our goal for St. Anne's students is to help them develop the skills, knowledge, and character they need to be caring, successful, and empathetic individuals who want to make a positive difference in and give back to their school, local, and global communities.
Asst. Head of School