What creative teaching looks like in practice
Innovativeness is always related to the personality of the lecturer, and does not depend on the curriculum in any way. It is reflected in the way classes are designed and managed, in the teacher’s empathy for students, in the sincere joy before each new class, and each new challenge that lies in the responsibility of those who need to teach certain skills and knowledge to others.
Classes at Allison Academy are creative and innovative precisely because our teachers possess the same qualities.
Learning is more interesting with technology
Modern technologies and the latest educational devices are there to facilitate the learning process, make it even more interesting and engaging, and increase interaction through the use of the latest technological achievements and solutions adapted to students and their educational needs.
The extent to which modern technologies can reinforce knowledge acquisition in a creative, engaging and different way is best illustrated here. Various educational games, applications, animated videos and electronic gadgets make learning interactive and fun, and help children to really acquire knowledge.
Different educational apps also facilitate testing in different subjects. Teaching material is adopted 67% faster if communicated through educational games and applications. Classes that ‘hold student attention’ and encourage thinking.
The root of creativity, however, originates from and remains part of the idea of the teacher who designs their class, whether they are teaching a new lesson, reviewing material covered, or testing student knowledge…Whether we are in the classroom, theater, school canteen, laboratory or gym…
They are always classes that students are impatient to go to, and where they don’t want to hear the bell signalling the end of the class; they are classes that remain in children’s heads, and the echo of which resonates throughout their childhood, even throughout their lives.
Experiential learning for students
It has been proven that knowledge is best gained through experience, which is why Allison Academy implements different, creative ways to help students acquire new knowledge.
For example, the youngest primary students learn about the world around us by spending time outdoors, visiting plant nurseries, farms or the zoo to learn about the soil, water, plants and animals in the right place. When they learn about occupations and society, they do that by visiting different companies and factories, and talking with their employees.
Active participation in the classroom
Knowledge is best gained through experience – through experiments, practice and examples. In addition, students often conduct experiments to learn through experience and test different processes they learn about for themselves: solubility, motion, friction, etc.
They master numbers, counting and arithmetic operations by participating in educational plays and speaking the appropriate text. Simulations of various life situations, such as meals, meetings, or ways to properly address elderly people help them master etiquette.
Linking knowledge of different subjects through multidisciplinary classes
Classes at Allison Academy are always multidisciplinary, because only through multidisciplinary education can children gain comprehensive knowledge and learn to link knowledge of different subjects, which is very important for the development of thinking and their continued education.
Thus, older students don’t learn by memorizing dates of great battles and names of distinguished commanders, but by combining the knowledge of a certain historical period through History, Geography, English, Art and Music Education classes.
Students perform sketches where everyone represents one of the warring factions and presents the events from their own point of view, defending the attitudes and interests of their nation. At the same time, they are acquainted with the literature and art of the said period.