Our Teaching & Learning Approach
An international education prepares students for our interconnected world.
The ISWA teaching and learning approach is based on the methods of the International Baccalaureate – these are research-backed methods and drawn from the best education practices around the world. The core of the IB approach is the IB Learner Profile’s ten attributes – inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, reflective – that equip our students to be purposeful, responsible and wise local and global citizens. The Learner Profile is the essence of what it means to be “internationally-minded” – learners who embrace it form a framework for an international education that goes much deeper in meeting the needs of a changing world.
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Informed by the Learner Profile values, the ISWA teaching and learning approach is also unique because it:
- utilises inquiry-based learning where students are active participants empowered to take responsibility to direct their learning.
- fosters life-long learning and develops essential, transferable skills – it develops skills in our students including thinking, communication, social, self-management and research skills.
- teaches students critical thinking – students learn to look beyond the facts, to analyse sources, to link one subject to another and to question the consensus.
- immerses our students in service learning – by serving, experiencing and doing, students gain their own perspective on the world and a drive to plan their own activities.
- works within global contexts – our students engage in inquiry, action and reflection on locally and globally significant issues across the curriculum, developing an “international mindset”.
- recognises the importance of languages learning – immersion-based language learning is compulsory from K to 10, allowing our students to communicate with peers from different backgrounds and gain a deeper understanding of the world. Learning a second language has been linked to higher achievement at school and University.
- emphasises STEM learning and being “future-fit” – STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At ISWA, our focus on STEM subjects prepares our students for the jobs of the future.