Teaching for Understanding and Mastery
At the Gardner School, we place an emphasis on student performances that build and demonstrate deep understanding of subjects, in contrast to rote learning.
We believe that deep understanding is essential for mastery and transfer of information as students develop intellectually. Teachers design multifaceted activities that require students to think critically, solve problems, research solutions and perform meaningful tasks.
When presented with authentic issues to explore, students are encouraged to inquire, take risks, share their ideas and stretch to new levels of performance. Working collaboratively encourages students to share what they learn and utilize their strengths with classmates. It also allows them to gain insight and perspective from others.