Of all things that can hinder a child from succeeding in school – and later in life – fear may be the greatest of all. Fear of failing. Fear of success. Fear of trying something new. Fear of being left out. Fear of standing out. Fear of being yourself.
at The Independent Day School, a private pre-school, elementary school
and middle school, we work to remove fear from the equation. Exploring
interests and curiosities is encouraged. Being yourself is celebrated.
The result is preschool, elementary and middle school students who are fearless at school.
Brave. Confident. Eager. Curious. Upbeat. Better prepared every day to
tackle challenges, push their limits, explore their capabilities and
discover their true interests and potential.
IDS is a dynamic
educational environment, where students and learning experiences are
diverse. Where arbitrary markers of achievement are not the focus and do
not rule the day. The students and their individuality do. We keep our
students at the center of their education ~ better prepared for life
after IDS, because of IDS.
isn’t always easy. Some things take time to master. All through school,
Evan was a math whiz until he was stumped by some tricky algebra in
seventh grade. Let’s just say there were a lot of erasures and things
crossed out on his homework. And yet, Evan still raised his hand in
class even if he didn’t always have the ready answer. That takes some
courage. He asked for his teacher’s help. That takes courage, too. After
diligently working and sticking with it, Evan “gets’ algebra. IDS
prepares students to tackles challenges, push their limits, explore
their capabilities. That’s Fearless Learning.
Early in the school year, one of
our most cherished traditions is the all school blue and green Field Day
which is capped off by a “Dancing with the Stars” dance off on the
theater stage with a mixed group from Kindergarten through eighth
graders. We ask our eighth graders to guide their new K friends in a
dance routine that they’ll perform in front of the stage. Everyone has
skin in the game. Sure, the Kindergartners are a little nervous. For
most, it’s the first time in front of a large group, and they’re with
older students they don’t know. But, they rise to the occasion, shimmy
out of their comfort zone, dance their feet off and eventually beam at
their own boldness. That’s just another example of Fearless Learning.
Fearless Learning looks different
for different kids and for different ages. IDS is a dynamic educational
environment where arbitrary markers of achievement are not the focus and
do not rule the day. The students and their individuality do. We keep
our students at the center of their education, one fearless step at a