The way we see it...
At the Academy, we use “constructivist learning” to teach your child. Constructivist learning means that learners are always constructing knowledge and creating meaning for themselves as they learn.
Constructivist learning helps students build critical thinking skills by investigating Big Ideas and researching answers to Guiding Questions while using their own prior knowledge; they build new layers of knowledge and understanding as they make sense of their investigations.
Students construct and carry out research and they communicate experiences in verbal, written, visual art, technology, or performance manner in order to make logical and critical connections in their learning and share their learning with others. Teachers provide supportive guidance and hands-on problem solving in the classroom and the community.
The Teaching and Learning Cycle
The teaching and learning cycle represents the four stages that occur in the design and delivery of classroom tasks that incorporate an outcomes-based approach. The cycle has no start or end point, with each step informing the next. It is the process of gathering data and reflection that dictates where in the cycle you need to be operating.