Our primary focus at Manus Academy is to help all children and youth who suffer from learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD), emotional and/or behavioral problems, and/or significant physical challenges.
In our classrooms at Manus, our focus is on three separate areas of learning: physical, intellectual, and social. Students who struggle in any of these areas are provided with opportunities for hope, mastery, and growth. These students will have the opportunity to receive the individualized andcience and motivation tutoring needs to achieve success in all areas of learning.
Manus Education is based on the idea that the main character of each child is distinct, and that each child must be treated differently based on his or her strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, we see each child as a unique individual, and we must understand their strengths before we can better understand the child’s learning disabilities. This is where tutoring and teaching across the curriculum come in. In this way, each student develops a strong understanding of his or her own learning style, and we can use this understanding to better help the student succeed.
How can we begin to recognize our own learning strengths and weaknesses?
For us, teaching across the curriculum seems to begin with understanding each student’s learning strengths and weaknesses. We must begin to see each child as a learner. We must ask questions that open up permission for learning to happen:
Can I learn with you?
Can I borrow your resources?
Can I learn from you?
This permission allows learning to take place by permission. This permission is a primary ingredient in the process of learning. Without this level of permission, learning will not take place.
A key component of our philosophy is the understanding that each child is a unique mix of strengths and challenges. We believe that the best strategy for each child is to allow the best strategy for that child to evolve. If we, as teachers, feel that we have not offered the best strategy for a child, then we should change our approach. We must take the time to learn more about the child, learn more about the way they learn, and find out what they are learning in their movements, hands-on activities, peer interactions, and communication with others.
History and Philosophy of Tutoring and Learning
The history of tutoring and learning has largely been guided by philosophy. Our modern understanding of the philosophy of tutoring and learning can be traced to the work of those like W.K.frey, John Dewey, Plato, and K.M. Hassleberg, to name just a few of the most influential sources. Philosophy of tutoring and learning has continued to evolve in the recent years. These changes in philosophy have kept up with changes in education as well. Today, educationists are continuing to explore new ways to provide assistance to students throughout the stages of learning.
For those who are interested in learning more about the philosophy of tutoring and learning, it would be best to seek out resources in the field. There are many resources available for learning about education and learning styles. The renaissance within education has resulted in many new ways of teaching and learning even at the middle school level. This evolution within the field has led to greater comprehension of the different learning styles and how best to use these styles in communicating with students.
Tutoring and Learning philosophy has been used for social sciences, physical education, and academic enrichment. Today, educationists are still pursuing advancements in the field of learning and in reducing the gap between those students who succeed and those who struggle. With the increase in research and development in the field of education, there is a greater understanding that the advancements we have made in technology have created new ways to teach, learn, and communicate.