Maryland River School
A creative learning environment incorporating nature
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Reason Number One: Our school is welcoming.
Reason Number Two: Our setup is designed for learning.
MRS has about six hundred to seven hundred students. Our school is split into levels of grades, based off of Montessori style (pre-k through kindergarten, first through third, fourth through sixth, and seventh and eighth). There are also two to three classrooms for every grade level and two teachers for every grade level. There are not be any individual desks, instead there are tables which the children rotate through throughout the year. There is a heavy focus and encouragement towards nature themed decorations, and arranging classrooms so that as much of the outdoors is brought in as possible.
Reason Number Three: Our Curriculum is Unique
Our students spend their mornings learning traditional subjects and their afternoons focused on nature and the outdoors. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are spent focusing entirely on sciences and critical reading and writing about the environment and ecology. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday afternoons are used as “exploration time” where students have a short lesson or activity having to do with nature and have the rest of the afternoon to discover and explore outdoors while thinking about these topics. There will a brief reflection at the end of these afternoons.
Reason Number Four: Our Graduates Are Critical Thinkers
The graduates of our school are able to discuss and write about the complexity and meaning in nature. They also have a strong knowledge of environmental science and ecology, specifically in the eco systems closest to their homes. They also are able to comprehend the importance of a connection with nature and the mental and physical benefits of time spent outdoors. MRS is a public charter school so it follows state standards, but the school has have very focused goals of leadership, creativity, and appreciation of nature.
We draw many of our philosophies from educational philosophers. We have developed four principles of guidance for our students
1. Students will be exposed to diversity within their own student body. This is the best way to teach acceptance and tolerance, especially if as Tatum says you have not experienced it before
“Many of us grew up in neighborhoods where we had limited opportunities to interact with people different from our own families” (Tatum, 3).
2. Teaching does not always imply learning. However "teaching implies learning" (Noddings, 48) if it is combined with creativity and experience for children. We firmly believe in experiential learning designed for every child.
3. Education will be designed for life after MRS and not just academically. We believe educations expands further than academics.
“schools were fragile institutions in the colonial world, existing alongside older and more familiar agencies of education, the family and the church” (Rury, 31)
4. Education will be used as a tool for positive change.
that “We need public talk that links education to a more decent, thoughtful, open society” (Rose 31)