The Anderson Private School adheres to the principles of the Autonomous Learner Model (George T. Betts):
- The emphasis is placed on the emotional, social and cognitive development of the individual.
- A positive self-esteem is encouraged and facilitated.
- Social skills are developed and enhanced.
- Much of the curriculum is based on the interests of the students.
- Students are involved in guided open-ended learning experiences.
- The responsibilities for learning are placed on learners.
- Students need and are provided experiences which allow them to become life-long learners.
- Teachers are mentors and facilitators of the learning process as well as dispensers of knowledge.
- Learning is cross-disciplinary.
- Students develop appropriate questioning techniques.
- Varied responses are sought from students.
- Content topics are broad based, with emphasis on major themes, current events, problems, issues and ideas.
- Time and space restrictions are removed for in-depth learning.
- Students develop new and unique products.
- Students use varied resources in the development of independent studies.
- Cultural activities provide new and unique growth experiences.
- Seminars and in-depth studies are essential components of the learning process.
- Completion and presentation of studies are integral in the learning process.
- Mentorships provide adult role models, active support and individual instruction and facilitation.
- Higher level thinking skills are integrated, re-enforced and demonstrated in the learning process.
Seven days without laughter makes one weak
– Joel Goodman
– Joel Goodman