Thank you to all the parents who attended Curriculum Chat! I hope that the presentation of our curriculum goals gave you some insight into the dispositions that we value in our students at Plato Academy.
Our curriculum is driven by the 21st Century Skills that students will need to fully participate in today’s global community after they leave Plato. These skills are critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Our goal for Plato graduates is to be able to solve problems, to think outside the box, to work together with others towards a common goal, and to be able to convey their ideas quickly and effectively. Integrating a Habits of Mind framework into our curriculum helps to ensure that all of our students have the dispositions needed that will lead to their success.
Every time I enter the school, I realize how blessed I am to have led such an innovative and spirited school for the last 20+ years! As I look around I see that our teachers and students approach learning with a joyful attitude! All students are focused and driven to succeed, and supported by peers when things become challenging. Our amazing Plato teachers create personalized learning environments as they promote the Habits of Mind in their classrooms. Kids are challenged to persevere, to question and to think flexibly and creatively, to strive for accuracy, and to listen to others with empathy and understanding. Students engage in Socratic dialogue and are expected to participate in asking and answering questions, forming hypotheses, making predictions, and testing those ideas! This discourse happens with the youngest student during play and continues as our approach not only to literacy and social studies, but also to math, science and the arts!
Our goal is for our students to respond to the world with wonderment and awe, just as they did when they were babies and toddlers! And of course, along the way to find humor and delight in their learning!
I feel proud of every student’s sense of self and of the memories we are building together. We are part of a dynamic community that is caring and loving and that takes action when any member needs help! We strive to practice philotimo as part of our daily life, and support each other when needed. We stand beside the Bolos family and our warrior, Leo, as he fights a battle no child should ever have to fight! Thank you to the Plato community for all your support, positive energy, and prayers!