METHODOLOGY

Methodology | International private school Agora Sant Cugat

At Agora Sant Cugat International School we are an investigative, active, and creative school in which each pupil, guided by their teachers, is the true protagonist of their own learning. We use a methodology in which pupils actively participate in classes; thoroughly analyse what’s around them; converse with their classmates with respect and tolerance; work experimentally, cooperatively, and in a multidisciplinary way; show a sense of responsibility; and value the culture of effort. The work of the teacher lies in motivating and guiding the development of the educational process so that the pupils reflect on and manages to find a solution to the issues raised.

Making pupils the protagonists of their own learning means offering them the opportunity to build their own knowledge: important knowledge which helps them to understand and learn how to act in the real world. At Agora Sant Cugat International School we use methodologies which allow the children to become the protagonists of this wonderful educational adventure, such as working on projects, collaborative learning, direct observation, assessment through rubrics, critical thinking, and internationality.

Collaborative learning

The basis of collaborative learning is team work, so social and communicative interaction, two key elements for the development of their communicative skills, form part of their daily life. In this type of learning, all the members of the team are involved, participate actively and equally, and are responsible for the work, to achieve a shared goal.

Direct observation

We believe that our pupils must learn to learn via interactive and experiential methods. Through the school vegetable garden, the pupils acquire responsibility and enthusiasm while we favour healthy eating habits and they learn respect for the environment. Similarly, the laboratories are a place for experiments which encourages scientific methods and critical thinking.

Work on projects

The methodology of working on multidisciplinary projects is included in all our planning. In each year group, we work on topics chosen by the pupils themselves, and then work on content, processes, and attitudes, as well as skills and competencies. The objective of this work is to encourage co-operation, research, and curiosity, and awaken critical thinking skills.

Assessment through rubrics

Pupil assessment is constantly evolving and improving at our school. In this process of assessment, we believe continuous assessment is necessary. This nurtures and reviews the entire teaching-learning process to identify conceptual, procedural, and attitudinal difficulties and therefore, on the basis on competencies, regulate and reformulate activities, concepts, and the methodology.

Internationality

Within the context of plurilingualism which is characteristic of the school, the study of English as a first foreign language occupies a special place. Our pupils become familiar with this language, along with the official languages, from their first few years with us. As their school journey advances, we introduce a second foreign language: French or German. We also offer Mandarin Chinese through early learning in Infant Education and the first few years of Primary Education.

Critical thinking

The key to strengthening critical thinking lies in working on certain skills from a young age, introducing this way of thinking from the Infant Education stage. In the classroom, the children begin to develop their thinking, progressively overcoming different levels until they reach critical thinking, which enables them to analyse and evaluate information.