The 5 Tenets
Our Educational Philosophy is founded on the following five main tenets:
Even before our current crisis, the founders of MPE knew that what sets us apart is that we think about our clients holistically. We can easily teach you where to put a comma, how to factor a quadratic function, or what creatures roamed the earth during the Paleozoic period, and at the same time (and of equal importance), we know that every child and adult learns and thinks differently. We’ve all been criticized more than enough, and a compassionate approach only enhances learning and outcomes. We recognize that building confidence is as important as building skills. We can share methods for relaxation and focus, including breathing practices, executive functioning strategies, and stress reduction techniques. Multiple studies have shown how the arts positively impact our lives in every way, supplementing and reinforcing academic achievement, and we are happy to provide a broad range of services and strategies side-by-side. At MPE, we look forward to helping you maximize your potential.
Teaching methods that encourage rote memorization are often ineffective for both long-term retention and the development of critical thinking skills. Memory is an imperfect function, constantly adapting to account for the acquisition of new information. Active engagement includes peer and instructor discussion, student presentations, and multiple method processing — all of which bolster intuition and critical thinking skills rather than ineffectual memorization. The process of qualitative questioning and learning is often even more important than finding quantitative solutions. Active engagement ensures that students think about their problem-solving process rather than inactively and incompletely absorbing facts from instructor lectures or textbook reading assignments.
Promoting Communication and Dispelling Fear
Fear is one of the biggest hurdles students face in education. As a result, students often need constant encouragement to explore new ways of learning. Our instructors and consultants provide a positive, safe, and nurturing work environment while also seeking out appropriate and individualized methods for solving problems. We work to dispel fear in the academic setting by promoting communication between peers as well as between instructors and students. Communication in general allows us to exchange and develop ideas — it is arguably one of the most important skills to develop for a successful career. We inspire our students and clients to be inquisitive and allow them the space to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes.
Application and Research: Promoting Student Responsibility
Presenting students with relevant, real-world problems with no single definite solution not only keeps them actively engaged, but also prepares them for more complex interdisciplinary interactions and careers. Incorporating elements of research into assignments helps to make students feel ownership of the problems they are addressing. Our research team stays current with topics that pertain to students’ interests, and our lessons often center around issues to which students can relate personally, boosting their drive to learn. Students will rise to the occasion when given a task in which they feel a vested interest. All of our instructors have interdisciplinary backgrounds, which makes them ideal for instilling students with diversified skill sets. We also develop fresh, engaging problems and curricula for your instructors to bring back to their own classrooms. We are passionate about learning and problem solving, and we pass that passion on to our students and clients.
… Practice, Practice, Practice!
We stay actively engaged by practicing our material, and we encourage our students and clients to do the same. All students need to be able to think critically on their feet when presented with challenging problems, and continued practice ensures that these skills are properly developed and maintained.
We love teaching, and we strive to share the joy of learning with our clients. Our mission at MPE is to breathe new life and passion into education.