Learning environments are an important aspect of education. As an authorized IB World School we recognize that learning can occur anywhere and at any time. With that said, careful consideration should be given to the following factors:
- Time, people, places
At Discovery School, these aspects are at the forefront of our teachers’ minds. Classrooms are inviting and encourage active participation amongst students in the learning process. Displays of students’ work can be found throughout the school demonstrating a collaborative responsibility for the learning environment. Classrooms have desks as well as large carpeted areas to ensure flexibility which allows teachers to be responsive to the individual needs of their students by giving them agency to demonstrate what, why and how they are learning.
Each classroom is equipped with a projector with Grades 3 and above having their own Chromebook to access the different platforms Google has to offer, including Slides and Docs. A wealth of physical and virtual resources have been used to support the students in their inquiries. Examples have included field trips to places around Ohio, parent and community volunteers, and virtual field trips to destinations around the globe.
Discovery School recognizes the importance of nature in the development of children. Our 40+ acres of old-growth trees that surround the school on three sides feature heavily in our curriculum. Students in Kindergarten and above have a weekly scheduled “Woods” time that fosters that respect for the natural world and immerses them in the local flora and fauna. All Discovery School students are given regular unstructured playtime. This might be in the woods, the gymnasium or on our playground. Nowhere is play more evident than in our Early Learning Center building where students participate in a wide variety of play-based, center activities.
We are very proud of our student-centered and engaging learning environment. Discovery School is very much a place where students enjoy coming to learn.