Our Teaching Approaches

Along with our integrated arts approach, we use five teaching and guidance approaches to support our students in their development to becoming responsible, community-oriented adults. These approaches are used at all grade levels and in all classrooms at Ravenswood.

 
 Students research topics of interest, using an inquiry-based approach

Students research topics of interest, using an inquiry-based approach

 Students are provided with age-appropriate choices on how to interact with others

Students are provided with age-appropriate choices on how to interact with others

 Class meetings and decisions are encouraged, even to decide how best to decorate a class cool-off center!

Class meetings and decisions are encouraged, even to decide how best to decorate a class cool-off center!

Inquiry-Based Learning

We use inquiry-based learning to increase student engagement. Students are encouraged to identify questions that they would like to explore, and are given time to research and engage with the topic. Students frequently share their learnings with others, and reflect on what worked well (and what didn’t work well) with their approach.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

We provide support structures to ensure that each student gets the help they need. For example, if your student is a struggling reader, we may pull him out of the classroom for 30 minutes during the day, or provide more intensive instruction 2-3 times a week. We may also adjust our curriculum levels and goals if a group of students are struggling, or provide before and after school interventions for students.

Positive Discipline

Recent research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.

Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices are ways of proactively developing relationships and community, as well as repairing community when harm is done. After conflict or harm, RP provides a way of thinking about, talking about and responding to issues and problems by inviting all participants to discuss their feelings and opinions, identify what happened, describe how it affected everyone and find solutions to make things better.