Annie Wright’s student-centered mission puts strong relationships with teachers and best practices in inquiry-based learning at the heart of all we do from Preschool to Grade 12. Within this culture teachers also recognize that boys and girls often learn differently, and they celebrate each boy's unique strengths and learning style.
These best practices for teaching boys will be central to our program:
Fostering a culture of collaboration and ethical leadership
Focusing on college readiness, including organizational skills and follow-through
Embracing humor, games, teamwork and healthy competition
Incorporating non-fiction, graphic novels and other literary genres that appeal to boys
Designing learning spaces that accommodate hands-on learning, movement and noise, and embracing this culture
Encouraging empathy, compassion and respect for themselves, each other and female peers
"We give him constant activity and then time to recharge. We give him experiential learning through games and tasks. We give him work. We expect him to take up a lot of space in his gangly experiments with life, and we teach him, through task, work, game, activity, and experience how to use that space. Above all, we give him mentoring and supervision that respects and teaches his gifts, his visions, even his shadowy inner demons."
-Michael Gurian, The Wonder of Boys: What Parents, Mentors & Educators Can Do to Shape Boys into Exceptional Men. Gurian recently presented on how boys and girls learn differently as part of Annie Wright Schools’ speaker series.
Annie Wright Schools 827 North Tacoma Avenue Tacoma, WA 98403 253.272.2216
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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys, starting in Fall 2017, and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.