St. Bernard School desires for each child to foster a love for learning that will carry him or her through their academic journey and throughout his or her life. Through developing a strong, well-rounded education focused on others and the world we live in, our students can understand and implement Christian principles in their communities and in their daily lives. Over the years, two ideas have been cornerstones in our philosophy of education: differentiated instruction and the blended approach to learning.
What is Differentiated Instruction?
Differentiated Instruction uses individual student assessment to determine studies and instruction. Students are expected to work at an appropriate level based on their needs, skills, and learning style. Students may have varied assignments and be instructed and work individually. St. Bernard students achieve at high levels after their experience with differentiated instruction because they learn to push themselves to grow to their maximum capabilities. Our small class sizes intentionally support this type of instruction. For example, while many American school students of a particular grade are divided into math groups with 6-7 other students, students at St. Bernard Catholic School are able to work at the level that is exactly right for them -- which may be above or behind their grade level and may be completely different from any other student in their grade.
"A well-designed blended learning experience thoughtfully organizes content, support materials, and activities to be delivered in a variety of modes ranging from traditional lecture to online tutorials. Communication and collaboration are necessary functions of a blended approach."
- B. Hobgood, Ed.D., University of North Carolina School of Education
What is the Blended Approach to Learning?
A Blended Learning classroom uses traditional instruction, computer instruction and practice, and guided and independent practice. We ensure that students have experience with learning at different stations throughout the classroom, on the computer, in groups, on their own, and one-on-one with a teacher. St. Bernard has used this approach for many years, and we find that students benefit from experience with learning in different ways. Through this approach, they learn necessary study skills, learn to work well in groups, and also gain experience with current technology - all skills that will be important in higher education and employment.