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!
EL EDUCATION 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can value and be accepting of others 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.