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The Environment Needed For Growth 

Well-known psychologist Carl Rogers wrote "For a person to grow, they need an environment that provides them with genuineness, acceptance, and empathy. Without these, relationships and healthy personalities will not develop as they should, much like a tree will not grow without sunlight and water."


We as a community are responsible for the state of that environment. When our kids feel safe, truly seen, when they feel that they belong, and when we communicate to them that we enjoy their presence, they thrive.

Kids are meant to learn from us, from people. While devices are well-designed to attract attention, our minds are biologically predisposed to learn from a parent and the extension of that parent in other adults. When a child or student has the appropriate environment in place, their ability to learn is often visible! You might say it SHINES through! :) And when the environment is not right (unsafe emotionally or physically), the child becomes closed off and focuses only on survival- they are not ready for any new information or opportunities for maturation and development. That is when we need to pay attention and take stock of the learning environment- Do kids feel safe? Are they free to make mistakes? Do they feel valued and seen by the adults around them?


Our teachers are well-equipped with high quality, research-based strategies for teaching and challenging your children. I am really proud of how innovative and qualified our staff is. But more important than that, they are also experts in putting relationship first, so that when it's time for kids to build skill, the environment is just right.


Thanks for reading!


Posted by Jason.Adams@boiseschools.org On 04 August, 2019 at 10:28 AM