Learning By Doing
The passive learner takes information, stores it in the 'attic of the mind' and then uses it only for tests and quizzes. Hopefully it's still there when it's tapped into. The active learner, on the other hand, is encouraged to discover and experience; to make those connections and be able to recall and connect them to new information.
At Calhoun, students are constantly being encouraged to take an active role in the learning process. Interdisciplinary curriculum—weaving together various disciplines around a central theme—is a way that Calhoun teachers promote depth of learning as opposed to just accumulating information. This integrated, project-based approach begins as early as the threes and continues through Calhoun's Upper School. And many of these experiential projects are site-based--taking our students into our local community's neighborhoods and beyond.
The curriculum represents the best of holistic, progressive teaching and learning—engaging, active and hands-on.