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.
As a school that values relational teaching, the CM faculty engage 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.
Faculty who do not coach, cheer their students on from the stands. Teachers who can’t attend the school play, attend the dress rehearsal. Our teachers ask about a boys’ ailing grandparent, send work and well-wishes home when a student is ill, and clear small debts accrued in the cafeteria. Through planned and countless random kindnesses, our staff makes a genuine difference in the lives of young men.
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 into how young men learn points to the fact that male students want to experience subject matter through active engagement, hands-on opportunities, constructivist learning, and dynamic interactions. Young men want to understand a concept’s relevance and want context as they solve complex problems. While it sounds stereotypical, boys like to get their hands dirty. At CM, we believe the best way of learning is by doing. And the best way of learning to lead is to be of service to others.