Principles of Learning

Starting at the Level of Competency

When students first come to the school their performance level is determined. It is important for them to begin their program using material that is at a comfortable level so that they can experience the feeling of success, so vital in the development of self-esteem.

Introducing Material in Small Increments

When students are ready to move on to more difficult tasks, the teacher will take care to break the new material down into its smallest components and introduce them one at a time to avoid overload.

Teaching Diagnostically

Teachers will pace a student’s progress through their individual programs by keeping track of their errors. In this way a student’s program can be adjusted on a daily basis. The small class sizes will allow teachers to monitor their responses and give them timely feedback.

Using All the Senses

Students learn best when all the senses are used. At Landmark East value is placed on incorporating as many senses as possible in all learning activities.

Making Use of Student Strengths

Students are taught through their strengths as many students have a preferred channel through which they learn – through the auditory channel or the visual channel.

Considering the Entire Student

The physical and artistic development of the student is recognized as being important for facilitating academic progress as well as promoting general well being. Students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of physical education activities as well as benefit from a tremendous art program.

Incorporating Structure Throughout the Day

Structure and organization are evident in all aspects of the Landmark East school day. All students benefit from a supervised study hall but can graduate to a less structured setting once they develop the skills needed to work more independently.