What is progressive education?
Progressive Education is all about putting students first.
● Students learn by having experiences and doing things.
● Students are encouraged to understand how traditional disciplines (Math, English, Science, History, World Languages) are connected. The curriculum is designed around cross-curricular themes, skills, problems, and questions.
● Students are encouraged to be innovators– to come up with new ideas and put them into practice.
● Students are encouraged to ask specific questions, solve challenging problems, analyze in rigorous detail and think from an objective, critical point of view.
● Students learn individually, in pairs and groups.
● Students are encouraged to understand and learn how to take action.
● Students are encouraged to collaborate with one another.
● Students are encouraged to value democracy.
● Students have different learning goals according to their different learning needs.
● Students learn by serving the local community.
● Students learn skills that will be needed in future society
● Students learn using varied learning resources.
● Students are prepared for life.
● Students are assessed in a variety of different ways, including projects and productions
What is progressive teaching and learning?
● Instruction is student-centered.
● We are interested in learning and skills rather than achieving high grades
● Students are grouped according to interest and ability rather than age.
● Instruction is varied. It involves hands-on activities, student-led activities, group activities. It may also involve occasional direct instruction from a teacher where students learn to listen and observe.
● Instruction often revolves around a project-based assignment that draws on all available resources.
● Traditional individual subjects are integrated. There is an interdisciplinary, thematic approach to learning.
● Understanding the facts is more important than memorizing them. Being able to apply information, analyze and evaluate it and then invent something using this information is the priority. Critical thinking is more important than getting everything correct.
● The curriculum gives very significant attention to students’ social development, including how to work in a team, how to create healthy and effective interpersonal relationships, and how to grow in self-awareness.
● When it comes to reporting students’ progress, many forms of communicating achievements are used. Teachers frequently write narrative evaluations about student achievement and abilities.