Educational Approach


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PERSONALIZED LEARNING EXPERIENCES

We engage students in the learning process to develop agency and metacognition (the ability to learn how to learn). We begin with a clear understanding of each learner and work with students to set individualized goals, reflect on their progress, and provide personally meaningful learning experiences. We adapt lessons to students based on their interests, needs and approach to learning, and we allow students to learn at their own pace through small, dynamic groupings and a mix of direct instruction, independent practice, instructional games, and real-world, hands-on activities. As students successfully master new knowledge, skills and habits, learning becomes fun and students gain confidence and trust in their own learning process.

ACADEMIC FORTITUDE

Learning at Hudson Lab School is drawn from fundamental learning standards and focuses on children’s intrinsic motivation to learn. The core skills of reading, writing and math are taught in small, dynamic groupings based on skill level. Our context-rich, interdisciplinary projects offer students real-world opportunities to apply their knowledge and critical thinking skills to foster deep understanding. Our joyful approach to learning encourages creativity by celebrating failures as opportunities to learn, reflect and reiterate. Because our students work with teachers to define their own personalized learning goals, they co-create a common understanding of what personal success looks like and own their learning progress.

PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Project-based learning is an engaging, active experience with multiple entry points for diverse learners that invites multiple perspectives and fosters diverse, innovative thining. It focuses students on the process of learning. Essential questions drive student learning and scaffolded frameworks provide the structure for students to frame real-world issues, acquire new knowledge and skills, and analyze uncharted subject areas. While most lessons stop there, project-based learning pushes students to apply their knowledge and innovate. The project exhibition is a culminating event where students share their projects with an audience. Not only do exhibitions motivate students to persist in the face of challenges, it further solidifies their learning as they reflect on their learning process and communicate their newfound knowledge.

 

Meta cognition improves and learning increases when students are involved at all stages.

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PLACE BASED EDUCATION

Developing a sense of place is an integral part of the Hudson Lab School experience. Beginning with the individual within the classroom community, students learn to make meaningful connections between themselves and the people and places that make up their world. Hudson Lab School’s unique positioning within Andrus on Hudson's skilled nursing care facility on 26 acres of land along the Hudson River offers students the opportunity for nature-based exploration and intergenerational learning. As students mature, their studies reflect engagement in ever-widening circles of community and place.

SELF UNDERSTANDING

At Hudson Lab School, we value self-awareness and the ability to connect with others as an essential life skill. We integrate social-emotional learning into every facet of the school day: At community meetings, through mixed-age learning groups, intergenerational programming and community involvement, and through gentle group critiques and design challenges that encourage students to accept and embrace failures as part of the design process. Each day Hudson Lab School students seek ways to positively impact our school, our community, and our environment.