Moving Beyond the Desk
Learning has changed over the years in a variety of ways; however, many classroom physical environments have not. Schoolwide Learner Outcomes at St. John's strive for students to be Faithful Servants, Critical Thinkers, Excellent Communicators, Responsible Citizens, and Intrinsically Motivated Learners, which moves students and teachers beyond traditional approaches behind their desk.
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Not only does our excellent curriculum help achieve those learning goals, but the physical classroom environment is just as important. At St. John's Lutheran School, teachers and students are engaged in active learning that involves team collaboration, communication and problem solving, in and outside of the classroom. Our teachers are constantly engaged in professional development in the areas of active learning, technology integration, research-based pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept), and authentic assessment practices. This professional development not only moves teachers beyond the desk with traditional teaching and learning practices, but it moves students toward active and engaged learning that has deep, meaningful, and long-lasting effects for future academic success.
Here at St. John’s, we believe that a 21st century classroom is an integral part of supporting our students. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) program upgrades continue to be a priority at our school. We focus on these areas because these fields are deeply intertwined in our world today.