IPS #60 Butler University Laboratory School
IPS/Butler University Laboratory School is located at the building formerly known as William A. Bell School 60. Butler Laboratory School is a project based school inspired by the teachings of Reggio Emilia Italy built with students interests in mind. The school uses the workshop method for teaching reading, writing, and math, which means that once the students are taught a lesson in that subject area, they are then released to work throughout the room. Children are encouraged to communicate and ask questions of one another during these times, and often work in pairs and groups to encourage communication and problem solving strategies. One of the first things a visitor may notice about Butler Laboratory School’s building is the environment. In practicing the Reggio Emilia philosophy of teaching and learning, the school believes that the environment is the third teacher. Often, things are displayed in a way that allows children to explore and interact with their surroundings. Visitors may also notice that we do not have assigned seating, and do not prefer to use desks in our room. Butler Laboratory School allows their students to choose seating choices that fit their individual learning/work style.