Given our mission of providing students a non-traditional option for learning in English and Spanish, HomeSchool Isla teachers understand that our classroom looks different than a typical traditional classroom. Our teachers are scientific and intentional while maintaining accurate data and observations to provide the right opportunities for students, teachers that prepare students for their future, not our past.
The island community is our classroom and embedded in our curriculum. Isla Mujeres is a special and unique place. The community is strong, kind and generous. Our curriculum is grounded in being part of this real-life exchange. Children learn traditional academic skills through this intentional interaction. Learning takes place in both English and Spanish.
Learning is individual and is planned based on what we know about each individual child. There are often groups of children working together and sometimes in a whole group when appropriate for everyone.
HomeSchool Isla teachers are reflective, collaborative and creative. They are risk takers and understand that constructivist teaching is not easy, it requires flexibility, humility and self-reflection. They maintain a culture of collaboration and understand that we are all life-long learners. They are self-aware and celebrate their growth.
Knowledge of Early Childhood and Developmentally Appropriate Practice is important. The classrooms are play-based and aligned to the NAEYC (http://www.naeyc.org) standards of excellence. Emphasis on social and emotional development is a foundation for academic growth. Students are taught how to think, not what to think.
The 'right' teachers for HomeSchool Isla are self-reflective and collaborative. In order to maintain a collaborative environment and a standard of excellence, HomeSchool Isla provides ongoing professional development for all teachers of all levels of experience.
As a parent-cooperative school, much of this professional development is shared with parents. Teachers support parents in providing guidance and understanding. Daily decisions are made based on what is right for children.
Our teachers understand that change can be difficult, slow and sometimes painful. Combining theory and practice requires effort, reflection and sometimes course correction. It takes constant professional growth and education for parents and the community. Communication of what children and learning and their individual path of getting there is crucial.
Given our mission of providing students a non-traditional option for learning in English and Spanish, HomeSchool Isla teachers understand that our classroom looks different than a typical traditional classroom. Our…