Tollgate

OUR VISION

  • At Tollgate we come together to explore, question, and create in order to do better work and be better people than we ever thought possible.

EXPEDITIONARY LEARNING DESIGN PRINCIPLES

  • The Primacy of Self-Discovery:  Learning happens best with emotion, challenge and the requisite support.
  • The Having of Wonderful Ideas:  Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiosity about the world.
  • The Responsibility for Learning:  Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity.
  • Empathy and Caring:  Learning is fostered best in communities where students' and teachers' ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust.
  • Success and Failure:  All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges.
  • Collaboration and Competition:  Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear.
  • Diversity and Inclusion:  Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others.
  • The Natural World:  A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world, which refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect.
  • Solitude and Reflection:  Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas.
  • Service and Compassion:  Students and teachers are strengthened through acts of consequential service to others.

TOLLGATE HABITS OF A LEARNER 

  • Perseverence
  • I identify roadblocks to learning.
  • I plan steps to work through the challenge.
  • I set challenging goals for myself.
  • I make choices that help me reach my goal
  • Inquiry
  • I can ask questions that help me create a deeper understanding
  • I can use different resources and tools to explore my curiosities.
  • I can connect my learning to the ourside world.
  • Responsibility
  • I can collaborate to achieve group goals and consider others' perspectives.
  • I can contribute to crew conversations.
  • I can keep learning as my focus.
  • I can ask for help and support when I need it.
  • I can respect the diversity of our Crew.
  • Craftsmanship
  • I can create high quality work.
  • I can revise to improve my work based on the required criteria.
  • I can honestly reflect on my progress.
  • I can explain why I am proud of my work.
  • Respect
  • I can value and be accepting of other’s ideas, opinions, and time.
  • I can create a safe and secure learning environment that promotes risk-taking.
  • I can assume positive intent when working with others.