BATTI Educational Philosophy
cognition: the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. (New Oxford American Dictionary)
inquiry: For students, this method of learning ends the listen-to-learn paradigm of the classroom and gives them real and authentic goal challenges to overcome. For teachers, inquiry-based education ends their paradigm of talking to teach and recasts them in the role of a colleague and mentor engaged in the same quest as the younger learners around them. (University of Illinois School of Education)
BATTI teacher candidates develop a deep understanding of cognition, child development and the teaching practice, and how to adapt that practice to a diversity of learners and a variety of school settings. At the heart of our philosophy is that learning must be personal, purposeful and pragmatic. The program is built around the theory that people learn best when learning is connected to who they are and what they already know and care about; when learning has a deep and meaningful social purpose; and when learning occurs in a manner that allows students to build their own understanding over time and with a strong element of “doing.”
KEY PEDAGOGICAL TENETS:
Communal: Teachers learn to build a supportive and powerful student learning community
Personal: Teachers learn to be attuned to who their students are, how they learn best and what they care about, and to design learning experiences and a classroom environment accordingly.
Collaborative: Teachers learn to craft activities that are rich and joyful with children learning from and with each other.
Comprehensive: Teachers learn to attend all content areas as well as the social, emotional and physical well being of each student.
Practical: Teachers learn how to run a classroom and follow best practices in lesson and curriculum planning, instruction, and assessment.
Interdisciplinary: Teachers learn to craft big authentic questions that inspire an interdisciplinary response to real world challenges.
Culturally competent and relevant: Teachers become alert to the impact and opportunity inherent in a diverse student community.
Socially and environmentally responsible: Teachers learn how to build deep student understanding of social justice and environmental stewardship, and of their core values and responsibilities in a democracy.
Global: Teachers learn to build global understanding and community connections, and to teach skills and attitudes essential in this rapidly changing 21st century.
Creative and imaginative: Teachers learn how students learn in and through the arts. They learn to integrate art, music and drama into the daily student experience.
Technology: Teachers learn to use emerging technologies thoughtfully and purposefully
Professional: Teachers learn to be continuous learners and leaders in the educational world. They learn to integrate theory and practice. They learn how to be researchers in their own classroom, team members in their school, and collaborators in school change.
Lifelong learning: Teachers are lifelong learners in the educational world.
Playful and Reciprocal: Teachers learn the value of play in the classroom. And they learn how be playful, nimble and resilient as teachers. They learn how to bring best practice to a diversity of school settings. And they learn how to learn from and with their students.