All children are unique in developing and learning at their own pace. They are diverse, and they vary in cognitive abilities and learning styles. To meet the needs of all Viewpoint students, the Learning Center addresses students’ individual learning needs and goals. Here, they will have additional opportunities to gain support and enrichment in reading, writing, math, and topics of interest. The Learning Specialist will collaborate with the classroom teachers to coordinate their efforts in supporting the students. In the Learning Center, the Learning Specialist:
- Evaluates the learning styles and needs of the students.
- Works with the children in small groups or individually.
- Provides personalized instruction, using strategies and accommodations specific to the students’ learning needs and based on sound research.
- Employs a variety of resources, including games, graphic organizers, and hands-on activities appropriate to the concepts and assignments.
- Integrates technology that addresses the students’ needs and allows for modification of content, learning process, and product.
Social and emotional learning is naturally integrated into the curriculum at Viewpoint School. Primary and Lower School faculty are trained in a specific approach to teaching called Responsive Classroom. The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.
The program is developed around specific guiding principles:
- The social and emotional curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
- How children learn is as important as what they learn.
- Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
- Knowing the children we teach – individually, culturally, and developmentally – is as important as knowing the content we teach.
- How the faculty works together is as important as how they teach.
The guiding principles of the program are closely aligned with Viewpoint’s Mission, and Viewpoint teachers integrate these principles into their classrooms to promote improved social and academic skills as well as a love of learning in their students.