FMS combines the Multiple Intelligences approach to teaching pioneered by Howard Gardner (Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education) with Differentiated Instruction to provide each student with the challenges and support needed to suceed. Lessons are paced to continually keep a student at the edge of their learning curve.
We believe students are naturally curious and excited to learn. FMS teachers work to make our rigorous academic program interesting, engaging, active, fun, and challenging. We want all students to experience the joy of learning.
Differentiated instruction is simply an approach to teaching students of differing abilities in the same class. Each student brings with them unique skills, experiences, and abilities. While the goal for any particular lesson plan is the same for all students, teachers must recognize where each student is in the learning process and how to share a lesson in a way the student can best understand the material. The intent of differentiating instruction is to maximize each student's growth and individual success.
In order to effectively differentiate instruction, teachers must know their students. At FMS our small classes allow teachers the time to get to know their students. They have the assessment tools necessary to assist them in order to develop effective lesson plans which provide creative challenges that lead to all students developing content knowledge, critical thinking skills, and a sense of community in the classroom.
Traditional American education programs are based on logical/mathematical and linguistic intelligence. Gardner, however, identified eight different intelligences. At Friends Meeting School we honor and develop all of these intelligences ultimately in preparation for college success and lifetime fulfillment.