Throughout the world of education, information delivery is being eclipsed by information discovery; a principle which lies at the heart of The Peck School’s emphasis on student-centered learning. This framework provides ample room for students to engage in collaborative experiences that promote active, responsible participation in one's own learning. Student-centered learning is most successful when teachers think inventively, model a growth mindset, and believe in their students’ innate capacity to lead.
Part II of The Peck School's 2015 Strategic Plan, A Culture of Teaching Excellence, bolstered student-centered learning at Peck by calling for additional project-based opportunities and assessments using digital technologies. Numerous projects and teaching approaches drawing upon the tenets of student-centered learning have energized inquiry at Peck—from using the Harkness approach in eighth-grade humanities classes, to the fifth-grade's yearlong civilizations project, to Mini-Mester and Lower School STEAM Week.
At The Peck School, perseverance goes hand in hand with design thinking and student-centered learning. Nowhere is this more evident than in the annual bridge design and bridge-breaking unit of instruction in Tim Loveday’s Grade 8 physics class.