Chances are, it was probably when you felt in control of your own learning. Perhaps it was when you discovered a new passion, found a desire to master a sport, or you started a new job full of creative freedom.
We try to create that same positive, hands-on learning environment for each of our students.
Our secret sauce is the Socratic Method. The rule for our teachers: only questions.
Many students are used to throwing their hands up and declaring, "I don't get it" after a few minutes or even seconds.
We challenge students to struggle with problems. At first, it's 1 minute, then 3, then 5. Before long, parents are commenting that their children have a newfound problem solving stamina they've never seen before.
Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, said "In the fixed mindset, if you fail; you're a failure. In the growth mindset, when you fail; you're learning."
"I can't do this," "I'm not smart enough!" " This is too hard"
These are all phrases we don't say at class. We believe in empowering our students to work out their brain like it's muscle by pushing through their challenges.