Big Picture philosophy is grounded in a commitment to educate “one student at a time.” The structures and educational practices of Big Picture Schools are built upon the foundation of several core beliefs.
- Students are motivated to learn when they are engaged in academic work that taps their interests and passions.
- Students are motivated to learn when the work projects are personally meaningful and have significance outside of school.
- Learning takes place in many contexts, not just in schools.
- Students learn best when they are known well by peers and adults in the school.
- Students learn best when they have a voice in creating their educational plans.
- Learning must connect to personal and social contexts for each student.
- Family members must be active participants in each student’s learning.
- Academic knowledge and skills must be applied to real life experiences and challenges.