“One of our favorite classes is Tutorial: Ways of Seeing, taught by our Head of School. We not only do serious work – we talk about our work in ways that stretch our thinking in so many different ways.”
In Tutorial, students are led to investigate various subjects, such as literature, art, ethics, and current events, and are asked to look both inside themselves and outward to society, as they begin to formulate their own ideas about the world and how to view it. The class was designed to address the importance of character as well as intellect in the formation of an educated person, and to sharpen elementary and middle school students’ critical, analytic, and abstract thinking. They learn to take charge of their own learning, by integrating their knowledge and experience so that they can organize their thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
“Our teacher helps us to express ourselves both individually and within a group, and to appreciate our own and others’ viewpoints and contributions. We would like to bring another child into our school community so that he or she can experience what so many of us love – teachers who care about who we are as much as how they can help us learn.”