Methodologies

 

A SYSTEMS APPROACH AND INTERDISCPLINARY CONTENT:


Interdisciplinary curriculum involves using the knowledge view and curricular approach that consciously applies methodology and language from more than one discipline to examine a central theme, issue, problem, topic, or experience. 

By interweaving content that is current, relevant, personal, and connected, interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on various subjects (i.e. Math, English, Science, art, etc), through a "topic" and "theme" based system. It focuses on big questions. This is the opposite of the typical linear and reductionist teaching methods. Our integrated model allows much more content to be delivered ina shorter period of time, while overlaying skills to provide a much more synergistic result

Our current "schooling" still siloes subjects separately, in a fragmented and disconnected way, and yet we still wonder why students are disengaged and craving relevance. Many teachers also seek a more dynamic and meaningful model.

An educational "system" is defined to have a purpose. An education should and must prepare students for a new world reality, where design-thinking and problem-solving skills must be deployed quickly to solve problems and to build a more sustainable, just, and equitable world.

Integration creates synergy, and a system characterized by synergy, where the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts, is both more efficient and more effective in fulfilling its purpose. Becuase the relationship among the elements adds value to the whole, an educations system founded on integration of subject matter is essential.

 

Other Blended Methodologies


We bring together the best in methodologies to create an optimal learning experience

Flipped Classroom is a pedagogical approach in which the traditional elements of the lesson taught by the teacher are reversed – the primary materials are prepared and studied by the students prior to the lesson, and then discussed in the classroom. The main objective of this method is to optimize time in class by dedicating it, for example, to answer questions, have a discussion, develop cooperative projects, or work on specific tasks.

Project-based: One of the most effective methodologies used today is Project-Based Learning (PBL). In its essence, PBL allows students to acquire key knowledge and skills through the development and completion of projects that relate to real-life problems. Starting with a relateable problem, instead of the traditional theoretical and abstract model, (instead of the traditional theoretical abstract model) provides notable improvements in students’ ability to retain knowledge. Students are able to develop complex competencies such as: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and problem solving.

Co-operative: The proponents of this model assert that working in a group improves engagement and acquisition of knowledge by students. The main characteristic is that it is structured based on the formation of groups of 3-5 people, where each member has a specific role.  To reach their objectives it is necessary for each member to interact and coordinate.

Problem-based Design Thinking: Design Thinking (DT) applies a unique templated framework to solve problems. It is a cyclically iterative process composed of different stages, starting with asking questions and acquiring knowledge that, in turn, leads to more questions in a growing complexity cycle. Putting this methodology into practice does not only mean the exercise of inquiry by students, but converts it into useful data and information. According to several educators, the four great advantages observed with the use of this methodology are:

  • The development of critical thinking and creative skills
  • The improvement of problem-solving abilities
  • Increased student motivation
  • Better knowledge sharing in challenging situations

Competency/Assessment Based Learning:

All learning methodologies have the acquisition of knowledge, the development of skills and the establishment of work habits as their main goals. Competency-Based Learning (CBL) represents a set of strategies to achieve this. Through assessment tools such as rubrics, teachers can go through the academic curriculum without significant deviations yet operate in an alternative manner that puts into practice real examples.

Experiential Learning:

Experiential learning brings the curriculum to life, and is acquired through project-based learning. Through this, students create models, go on site visits, listen to and interact with guest speakers,and take part in immersive field trips that relate to topics impacting their schools and communities.

 

 

In addition to our methodologies, we also include in our model:

THE ENVIRONMENT AND TECHNOLOGY:

The co-existance between nature and technological progress is a fine one. At Fuller, we believe in the benefits of using technology, yet also understand that students require a fundamental appreciation of nature and the living systems that sustain the planet. Nature and sustainable futures are essential to the growth of prosperous communities, and are an essential part of a Fuller education.

ART & SCIENCE

A healthy balance of Art and Science caters to every students need to understand the physical elements of the world. We understand that while some students may be more analytical and some may be more artistic, all students will benefit from active development and participation in both.

VALUE ADDED SERVICES:

We provide counselling and coaching sessions each month to ensure students are on-track. We also provide advice and answer any questions or concerns the students have. Counselling is an important aspect of a students success at Fuller Academy.