How Do They Do It? [Main Story]
he principles and practices that make diverse inclusive teaching possible in an otherwise typical, small Adventist school include the following:
Teachers recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and work together to help and learn from one another. As a group they pray daily to be filled with the Holy Spirit, who enables them to make decisions to meet the many needs.
Each teacher believes in the value of every student and is committed to doing whatever it takes for them to be successful.
Students are immersed in spirituality through schoolwide memorization of Scripture, consistent use of Matthew 18 strategies for conflict resolution, student-directed opportunities for outreach and service, and daily prayer.
Teachers focus on students’ strengths rather than weaknesses.
The staff systematically creates a culture of respect so that the school provides a safe environment in which students can grow.
All discipline has, as its goal, redemption for the one who erred.
Students are empowered as servant leaders through everyday opportunities and weekly leadership teams that fill real needs.
Instructional methods are flexible enough to accommodate a variety of learning styles; expectations are high but realistic and individualized.
Students are taught interdependence through taking responsibility for one another.