Essential Elements of SMES Faculty and Staff
A key element of St. Mary’s Episcopal School’s approach to student character development is for our faculty and staff to serve as role models for mature, caring behavior. As a visible manifestation of this role, all employees are expected to conduct themselves with grace, dignity, and respect at all times.
While modeling order, balance, and accuracy, we are careful to remain warm and nurturing. We model, train, and teach a lifestyle of manners and consideration, one that seeks to honor the feelings, needs, and concerns of others.
As Faculty and Staff at St. Mary’s Episcopal School we are respectful to our students, their families and to other staff members.
- We prepare schedules, routines, and curriculum ahead of time so that we have more face-to-face time with students.
- We respect children’s need to belong and feel included. We incorporate a school and a classroom motto that is recited daily to reaffirm our commitment to excellence.
- We promote a classroom of mutually respectful language and behavior.
- We practice relationship skills so children will learn desired behaviors.
- We teach organization skills to help children feel competent.
We model ethical behavior.
- We strive to be emotionally intelligent teachers who can identify feelings and manage distress.
- We model desired attitudes and behaviors.
- We are committed to being the best teachers that we can be.
We provide a variety of opportunities for student learning.
- We practice relationship skills of greeting, listening, sharing news and responding appropriately to one another.
- We teach students individually, in small groups and as a class; working until academic success is reached.
- We plan lessons which are integrated, and related to the real world, reviewed consistently and connected to subsequent curricula whenever possible.
- We teach critical thinking skills.
- We provide memory work, recitations, and writing daily. We have observed these to enhance character development, increase effective communication while extending curricula. Recitations are exuberant and full of personal expression!
- We provide opportunities to enrich vocabulary through challenging writing and/or wisdom literature. (Sources include classic literature, myths, fables, poetry, proverbs, quotes and other genres.)
- We find opportunities to display student’s work in some form.
- We actively teach, engaging students personally, holding high expectations, and not limiting them to grade level or perceived ability.
We encourage positive behavior.
- We provide a positive and caring environment, where choices and consequences are handled with dignity and logic.
- We promote a non-threatening environment, conducive to risk-taking. Mistakes are okay. Students are taught to learn from their mistakes and to correct them.
- We help children learn to recover from setbacks when mistakes are made.
- We seek opportunities for all students to experience success, academically and emotionally.