Polana Private Academy - Seoul Cheongdam-dong, South Korea
• 40 hrs/wk, 27-30 teaching hrs/wk, grades 1-8, small groups, various fluency levels: • Literature-focused, critical analysis in discussion and writing. • Foundations in vocabulary, oral presentation, creative writing, test prep, textbook drills, non-fiction, listening, grammar and conversation. • Exploration of literary and film themes, metaphors and their pertinence to real life. • Guidance in finding value and personal relevance in all sides of any issue. • Introduction of cognitive tools to make connections between ideas that seem unrelated to the average observer. Encouragement of audacity to know that this ability is the very cornerstone of wisdom and one’s capacity to serve the community. • Cultivation of space for wild, uninhibited creativity that paradoxically heightens students’ understanding and acceptance of appropriate boundaries and rules. • Expansion of general and subtle language comprehension through characterization and role play with stuffed animals. • Establishment of a learning environment that is simultaneously academically stringent and intentionally playful. Development of students’ ability to balance both polarities within them: Focus begets Freedom, and Freedom begets Focus. • Continuous innovation of new ways to effectively manage classroom behavior and sustain students’ motivation and morale.
• Encouragement of group collaboration where students learn interpersonal skills and how to harness individual strengths to benefit the whole. • Equal, if not greater, recognition of students’ ability to work independently, follow their own instincts, and take personal initiative. • Valuation of not only good leadership and active output, but the need to balance it with being a deep listener and effective receiver in all situations. • Consistent celebration of students’ academic, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral achievements. • Acknowledgment of every student’s humanity, that we are not robots, that errors are valuable learning experiences. Coaching in how to override any preexisting shame patterns to access those lessons. • Research and development of curriculum materials for all levels and grades, including vocab quizzes, powerpoint presentations, grammar exercises, comprehension questions, critical thinking questions, and essay topics. • Tactical selection and composition of example scenarios, photos, videos, etc. to meet students at their level of comprehension while also broadening their awareness with contemporary interpretations of concepts they’re already familiar with.