Walden’s Path Magnet School (Grades I – XII) focuses on facilitating ‘The Studio Approach’ with Science, Mathematics, Language & Literature and Social Studies. This approach helps children in understanding concepts and the subject very thoroughly thereby, building a very strong foundation for them.
Learning is a social process and individuals learn from their environments. At The Magnet School, the idea is taken forward with emphasis on learning ‘with Space-Time’ rather ‘than in Space and Time’. The Space-Time construct enables connections across themes rather than across subjects put into boxes and categories. Place based education is the process of creating a safe environment in the community by connecting people to nature, and culture by building interrelationships between people, nature and culture. Place based education focuses on using the local community and environment as starting point to teach and learn concepts in language, arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and other subjects entwined in themes across the curriculum.
Thematic learning across disciplines based on concepts rather than structured lesson plans empowers children to think out of the box and about the world in varied practical perspectives. This provides an avenue to apply their learning in everyday life to include arts, science, mathematics, language development and social studies as one entity rather than different disciplines boxed into categories. Place based education and arts based education entwine as a concept called ‘Spiral learning’ to meet and blossom in your child’s mind and heart at The Magnet school.
Education is a continuous reconstruction of experience with emphasis on the social life of the child rather than individual subjects. The emphasis on hands on, real world learning experiences via the medium of place based education increases academic achievement, synergy, builds stronger interrelationships in the community, leadership and heightened commitment to service and contributing citizenship. As a result of the synergy created, students and teachers are both involved in solving real world problems, teaching and learning as knowledge creators instead of being consumers.
The Magnet School
- will improve the community it is embedded within and serves.
- can adapt quickly to human needs and changes in technology.
- has students that not only ask great questions, but do so with great frequency and ferocity.
- speaks the language of its students.
- does not make empty promises or create noble-but-misleading mission statements, or mislead parents and community-members with edu-jargon. It is authentic and transparent.
- facilitates thought, not just content.
- produces students that know themselves in their own context, a context that they understand and choose. This includes culture, community, language, and profession.
- produces students that have personal and specific hope for the future that they can articulate and believe in and share with others.
- produces students that can empathize, critique, protect, love, inspire, make, design, restore, and understand almost anything–and then do so as a matter of habit.
- will erode the societal tendency towards greed, consumerism, and hording of resources we all need.
- helps student separate trivial knowledge from vocational knowledge from academic knowledge from applied knowledge from knowledge-as-wisdom.
- will experience disruption in its own patterns and practices and values because its students are creative, empowered, and connected, and cause unpredictable change themselves.
- will produce students that can think critically–about issues of human interest, curiosity, artistry, craft, legacy, husbandry, agriculture, and more–and then do so.
- will help students see themselves in terms of their historical framing, familial legacy, social context, and global connectivity.