New Year Greetings From SAIS Principal
Dear SAIS Family, Happy Year of the Dragon to all. I would like to welcome to our new families and welcome back to our continuing families. We look forward to a semester filled with learning about new places and concepts. Our students will travel the world, learn about the history of these places, gain scientific and mathematical knowledge, learn more English and have fun while doing so. We pride ourselves on making learning interesting, challenging and encourage our students to have fun while gathering knowledge.
Our students arrive in the morning with a smile on their faces, ready to work hard, and leave smiling as well. We focus student learning on applying what is learned to a wide range of situations. Not only do we teach our students facts, we want them to know how these facts may or have interacted and have relevancy in our world. We want them to apply their knowledge as it continues to develop. With that in mind teach and re-teach to help our students master this information. This is called Introduction, Reinforcement and Mastery Learning. Many students do not fully understand and apply a concept at the Introduction level. This is why we re-teach concepts more than once and at more than one grade level. The Introduction phase will provide the student with the basic understanding of a concept.
At this stage they may not be able to apply it to many other situations or understand the concept out of context. For instance, when we teach the ABC’s, students learn how to recognize and recite these letters in context. Once they have mastered that skill we move to the Reinforcement level and teach them the letters out of context, so that they can recognize the letter by itself when they see it. Mastery level would occur when they know the letters in and out of context, know the sounds the letters make and can apply them in all learning situations they encounter.
Although this may differ from other educational techniques, we have found it to be very successful in the United States. Please be sure to talk with your child’s teacher or me about our instructional program should you have any questions.