Whole Child-Centered Education
Over the last several years I have become more and more interested in experiential learning and learner-centered teaching approaches. I have learned much from my brother, Michael Novelli, in this area and we have taught a few workshops on the topic together. I ran across an article that I found really interesting about schools that are changing their approach to be Whole Child-Centered —”one that nurtures a student’s academic, emotional, and physical needs and prepares them for the real world.”
This immediatley made me think of ways that the church is “educating” and how we might learn from these models. A few things that stood out:
- Staff and students have worked hard to build a true community and learn from each other
- The school has also fostered strong relationships with individuals, institutions, and community organizations that can help the students learn and develop
- Parents are also intimately engaged in the workings of the school
- There’s an extensive mentoring program—both adults and older students
- The design of the building also helps create a sense of the community
Let me know your thoughts.
Read the full article HERE.