One of the great things about our educational approach is the flexibility we have to change and adapt. We recognize that students need classes that engage them beyond a traditional sit-and-listen-to-a-lecture approach. One of our governing philosophies is the 50/50 method, essentially, a teacher should not lecture more than 50% of a given class time. This means teachers have to be invested in coming up with alternative ways to communicate information, ensuring that students are both learning and interested. This is quite the art form.
A great example of a teacher's ability to change up a classroom while still teaching effectively was Mr. Garner's Bible class this Friday. Thanks to the (finally) beautiful Fall weather, we we were able to move class outside, putting the fold-out tables created by the High School building class to good use. The class was able to stand and move around, enjoying the nice Fall breeze while digesting class content. Physical activity, even something as simple as standing, increases cognitive capability. And being in an outdoor environment, with fresh air, sunshine, and a cool breeze, helps break the seeming monotony of the indoors. None of this hindered students, who learned about culpability, guilt, and making mistakes 'right' from Mr. Garner's teaching from Leviticus. Where else could you do a lesson from Leviticus with students standing up outside and have their full attention?!