Albert Community School is a place where students do more than learn curriculum-based content. As a community school, that means that the school serves the community, rather than the community serving the school. The school reaches far beyond students and into family and community interests. This difference results in a different mindset for teaching. The teachers create lessons and expand job expectations in order to serve the students’ needs.
Sometimes it can mean raising engagement by bending curriculum in order to improve attendance. Other times it means constructing nutrition units that can be realistically implemented by an eight-year-old with little parental support. Or it can stretch to duties of a cab driver for students who can’t make it from home to school and back again. These are just a few examples of the extra work that teachers do in order to serve their students.
When educators reach out to their students, a funny thing happens, students reach for their teachers. They value the knowledge being taught and look forward to each lesson. The respect that the students have for their staff is evident in Albert School. Students and teachers joke around and share a passion for learning.
In Albert School students are not learning in traditional ways. Teachers design lessons to fit their students best learning abilities. They include activities for visual learners, hands-on learners, quiet and loud learner’s, independent and dependent learners. They learn through technology, stories, field trips, and much more creative ways that I have yet to see.
Most of all, teachers and students share in a community that thrives and continues to grow. Teachers instill values of respect and kindness, skills that reach far beyond the front doors of the school. At the end of the day, Albert Community School serves the community in ways seen and unseen, and I hope when I become a teacher that I will be a part of the service of a community.