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Educational Philosophy

 Just like Sandra Crosser, Ph.D.,  believe a developmentally appropriate classroom environment is one where children most often:

  • Lead...rather than follow the teacher.
  • Create...rather than duplicate.
  • Move...rather than wait.
  • Make the lines...rather than color in the lines.
  • Speak...rather than listen passively.
  • Initiate...rather than imitate.
  • Raise questions...rather than answer the teacher's questions.
  • Solve their own problems...rather than the teacher's problems.
  • Make art...rather than do crafts.
  • Emphasize the process...rather than the product.
  • Use authentic skills...rather than drill and practice.
  • Make books...rather than fill in workbooks.
  • Decide...rather than submit.
  • Choose wisely...rather than being told.
  • Make a plan...rather than follow the teacher's plan.
  • Try again...rather than fail.

Excerpt from the Butterfly Garden: Developmentally Appropriate Practice Defined

by Sandra Crosser, Ph.D
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