Research shows that the single most important factor in developing each student’s potential is the quality of his or her teacher. At St. Andrew’s, every member of our Preschool through Grade 12 faculty is trained in Mind, Brain, and Education Science. This knowledge of how the brain learns allows teachers to take the latest research and implement it into their classrooms.
Every St. Andrew’s teacher can speak to how they are using research to inform the design of their classes and work with each individual student. Teachers and school leaders are evaluating each curriculum decision in light of what Mind, Brain, and Education Science research says. Whether it is :
- The school’s commitment to the social and emotional learning of each student through the Responsive Classroom and Advisory Program
- The development of research informed strategies to enhance how students memorize, retain, and recall what they learn through the spacing effect
- How to enhance a student’s intrinsic motivation through project based learning and the design thinking process
- The varied type of formative and summative assessments students receive to evaluate their learning
- The type of homework and use of technology that leads to deepen learning
- Or transforming how the school year concludes so students can have time to reflect on their performance on final exams and projects