Young men are deeply relational learners and the connections made with faculty are critical to successful and transformational learning. The CM faculty forms lasting relationships with its students, which is a core characteristic of a great school for boys. Boys learn through engagement with both a teacher and the material. The dynamic interplay between a teacher and student is paramount in the learning process.
As a school that values relational teaching, the CM faculty engage with students both inside and outside of the classroom. This makes a real difference in the lives of young men. To shape the lives of boys requires great and giving teachers, coaches, and educators who inspire and guide students with their whole being. Through relationships and mentorship male students begin to articulate and define their aspirations, their hopes, and their dreams. Catholic Memorial School appreciates this dynamic and cultivates it to direct learning and identity development in all students. This close-knit relationship is possible because of our size. As the smallest school in the Catholic Conference, CM faculty can engage more frequently with students in multiple settings.
A deep awareness of how young men learn reminds us that male students want to experience subject matter through active engagement, hands-on learning, constructivist opportunities, and dynamic interactions. Young men want to understand a concept’s relevance and want context as they solve complex problems — the best way of learning is doing. CM engages and inspires its students through boy-specific pedagogy with a faculty that relates well with today’s young men.