Breaking out of the way of teaching in the style of one-way imposition, remembering “like machine”, International School Saigon Pearl (ISSP), the high quality and credible international school in Ho Chi Minh City, has introduced the advanced educational method called “student agency” and applied it into the the curriculum. Each student will be empowered to learn and discover their own way to academic success. For more information about this method, please read the article below from TheTips.
According to Mr. Lester Stephens, the Principal of ISSP, all students at ISSP are taught based on the integrated international curriculum. This was created and developed specifically for ISSP, with the combination of IB PYP framework, American and MOETs standards. Moreover, ISSP also focuses on its five core values including honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and wisdom.
For the student agency method, students can “own” the lesson, coordinate with teachers and interact with other students, parents, and the community to achieve their goals. When going to class, the teacher is a guide, providing students with knowledge so that they can use it, make their own learning path, instead of students just sitting and taking notes and listening to the teacher’s lectures.
“Through this method, students practice autonomy in deciding what they will learn and research, teachers only play the role of facilitators to support students to thoroughly research the topic they want” – Mr. Lester shared.
Thus, students will be proactive in deciding what they will learn, how they will learn, and what the goals of learning are. At that time, students will have more motivation to learn, make their own learning plans and routes, find appropriate ways to learn, and promote the development of critical thinking.
More importantly, teaching under the student agency method will help students to find their way in any situation, even the most difficult. This helps students continuously adapt and develop in new learning environments, throughout their lives.
Overall assessment of the learning path
Student agency effectively supports children’s learning path not only in grades, but also in life skills, social communication, extracurricular activities, learning experiences, etc.
Ms. Cassia Mick, preschool teacher of ISSP, said that the student agency teaching method will be extremely effective when applied appropriately. At each age, there will be a different implementation, and it is necessary to “personalize” to suit each student. Personalization will be very effective in promoting strengths, overcoming weaknesses, and supporting students to develop comprehensively.
“In order to know if this method really works or not, it must be assessed based on the student’s learning process, the improvement in each stage. The teacher plays the role of a guide, not a leadership, forcing students to follow a path, how to learn, so students will have an independent learning process, build self-awareness, learn to take responsibility for their future” said Miss Cassia.
Besides, when being taught by the student agency method, students will better understand their responsibilities to the community. At the same time, students can be more creative, using it to create new values for society.
As a teacher, Ms. Cassia insists that students should not be just “brains on a chair”, because this will “kill” each student’s love of learning and passion for discovering new knowledge. Teachers need to give students the right to take ownership of their learning, to boldly express their views, because that is a skill set so they can study anywhere.
To help parents better understand the teaching methods at International School Saigon Pearl, the school often organizes many beneficial and useful events for parents and students. Participating in these events, parents and students can experience many interesting activities. Moreover, this is a great opportunity for parents and children to experience what International School Saigon Pearl is doing to comprehensively develop their children’s knowledge, mindset and physical. In many events, there will be the participation of Mr. Lester Stephens, the Principal of ISSP and many teachers to share with attendees a lot of interesting scientific knowledge.
ISSP is the international school in Ho Chi Minh City belonging to the international education group Cognita in the UK with more than 80 member schools worldwide. ISSP is one of the few international preschools and primary schools in Ho Chi Minh City that has obtained the accreditation of education quality by both CIS and NEASC, two prestigious educational accrediting organizations. For more information, parents can visit the ISSP website.
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