What Do You Want To Learn?

What Do You Want To Learn?

What Do You Want To Learn?

What Do You Want To Learn?

My name is Jannica Morton and I am on the leadership team at Makarios Community School. Wherever we are, my family is continuously chatting about the school. Some days we dream and talk about the possibilities while other days we wonder what it will really be like and if it’ll be successful. Some days I think we are all a bit crazy while other days I know we are...and not just a little bit! To me, being a crazy, out-of-the-box thinker is a good thing and I look forward to sharing my passion of learning and exploring with others through this school.

As we are researching properties and thinking about the needs of the school and talking to potential families, the excitement is building for those of us in the leadership team. I started wondering what everyone else was thinking about and if they were excited to, so I asked the following questions.

1. What do you think about the school?
2. What are you most excited about?
3. What do you want to learn?

Below are their answers and as we launch The Makarios Community School this fall 2015, I know I will see their answers come alive.

Olivia (8 yr old girl)
"I like it because I could choose what I want to do, like explosions, climb trees, and I like the way that they resolve problems."

Daniel (10 yr old boy)
"I like it because it is cool. You can do what you want. Study science with explosions and play video games"

Paula (mom)
"For me it is a completely different way to see life. I can't wait to see what they can come up with. Yes, after growing up going to a regular school, it is very hard for me to get rid of that "must learn it" feeling, but I really think it will be truly amazing for them to learn to guide their own lives at a very early age. I believe they will grow into more balanced adults."

Evan (11)
"I am not really excited, I'm more interested to see how it will play out. I am looking forward to sitting under a tree and thinking while I play in the dirt. I am pretty sure we can't build spaceships because it'll be too expensive, but I would like to build a 3D DS since my parents won't buy me one. Oh, what I really really want to learn is Kindo. Can I learn Kindo?"

Grant (10)
“I can’t wait to do fun things with friends and not just my siblings! We are going to do science experiments, build forts, play games, play football, cook and play. I like that I get to learn what I want to learn. I am most excited about being able to do whatever I want and that I can meet new people and that I get to be with my best friend, Daniel.”

Larry (dad)
“I am looking forward to our children discovering and developing their passions, hopefully finding out at an early age what God made them to be and do. Most people don’t find out what they love until they’ve gone so far down another path that it is very difficult to pursue their dreams.”

Scarlet (7)
“I don’t know what I am looking forward to about the school, do you like my dress? Isn’t it pretty? Oh, I think I like the school, it’s going to be amazing! I want to learn about Minecraft, that’s all. really, that’s all.”

Scott (14)
“I like that the school is democratic and that I get to learn what I want to learn. I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning from them. I would like to experience a role-playing gaming class, like a Dungeon and Dragons board game.”

My answers are pretty straightforward -
"It’s going to be awesome! I can’t wait to see people engaged in passionate learning and play. I plan to learn anything that sparks an interest."

What are you excited about learning?

source : http://info.makariosschool.com/blog/posts-by-janni/what-do-you-want-to-learn/

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