A developmental approach to teaching and learning is simply put catering to the needs of the individual learner through an individualised program that works within the bis curriculum requirements. We look at the individual child’s readiness to identify where they need to be within the BIS cultural expectations for moral development and community participation and where they need to be to fit societal expectations of the Australia Curriculum.
This means in practice:
· We don’t race children through when they are not ready – we wait and support them
· We work with them to develop the areas they need to and harness those that they excel within
· We learn to understand them as they will have the same teacher for much of their schooling who gets to understand their idiosyncrasies and learns how to motivate and extend them
· We put in limits when they need it and take them away when they need to stretch their wings and fly
· We listen to their body patterns and physical needs, allowing them to eat when hungry and go to the toilet whenever they need
· We have four basic school rules to follow and know that depending on your age, developmental level and understanding those rules will need different explanations and consequences
We get to know you, respect you and believe that you are capable of anything with time, skilled teaching and learning and love.