Key Tenets and Beliefs
- The teacher is the single greatest contributor to student academic success.
- People learn in many different ways.
- Teachers should work to accommodate these differences to ensure the success of every student.
- Students learn best when they access and apply information in a variety of ways.
- Many students are not served through traditional instruction (we define traditional instruction as lecture/practice, where the student is subservient to the content), yet traditional instruction is still the primary strategy that many teachers use to deliver information.
- Teachers need more than just content knowledge to succeed. They need to know how to design learning in ways that students find stimulating, enjoyable and challenging.
- Students learn best when they interact and share with others.
- Students learn best when they apply knowledge to real-life challenges and situations.
- In a changing world, learning is the one thing that will always remain constant.
What Makes About Learning Different
- We offer a proven process or framework for improving teaching and learning
- We offer practical, hands-on guides for helping teachers incorporate this into the classroom
- These programs are thoroughly researched, and grounded in the work of numerous educational researchers
- We offer hundreds of examples of how this applies at any grade level and in any content area
- We have a wealth of research on the impact of this process on the quality of student learning
- It applies to any subject at any grade level so it is better suited to organizational-wide use than content area programs.
- It encompasses the whole learning act, and is not just an isolated strategy or technique that may have limited impact on the teacher's daily practice.