Teaching principles

 

We build life skills meaningfully

The aim of education is the grasp of knowledge and especially skills and the use thereof in real life. We develop in pupils the ability to cooperate, communicate, discuss, form opinions, organize, solve problems, create, search for information and critically evaluate and connect it, and to apply gained insights from all fields.

Mere memorization of information is an end in itself. What a child learns has to be meaningful for him or her and have the possibility of practical application. Pupils have to think about schoolwork, discuss, apply new insights in connections, often overlapping into certain subjects or fields. The path to acquiring insights and especially skills is important when educating. Pupils show their own initiative towards it, overcome obstacles, err naturally and experience success. The teachers at our school are partners to the children and guides on the path of education, their daily goal is not to provide a maximum of information, but to awaken interest in the children and motivate them. The attitude the children develop towards the school or, more precisely, towards learning, will accompany them further in life. It is certain that they will also learn in the future, and it is necessary that they consider learning to be something meaningful and that brings joy, but also something that requires overcoming of obstacles, for which work and persistence will be required.

We communicate bilingually

At our school, English is not only a taught subject but also a standardly used language. The pupils thereby gain knowledge both through teaching and in normal situations. They gain an open attitude towards a foreign culture and foreign language, the usage of which is natural for them – they do not translate, but gradually acquire the ability to communicate fluently. The presence of native speakers is not only a language role model, but also a significant motivation towards learning. We teach English as an individual subject and, further, as of the first grade we teach certain subjects in English.

Over the long term, our pupils are highly successful when taking international English examinations in the 4th and 8th grades of school. Likewise, those who transfer to the school in the course of school attendance are after a short time able to acquire a communicative level of English. We apply an individual approach in teaching; for English tuition, the pupils are further divided into groups according to the level achieved.

In a safe and friendly environment

The atmosphere and a healthy climate in the classroom and school are priorities for us. We build this purposefully through our daily approach towards the children and teachers, by mutual respect and empathy. The small number of children in the classes enables the teachers to individualize, i.e. to monitor the personality and educational specifics of each individual. We evaluate the children verbally through feedback necessary for their further progress; the children learn to work with mistakes as a natural part of education, which is why they feel safe at the school and are motivated to search, try out, consider and apply gained insights.

In the social area, it is important in our work with children to set desirable, positive models of behaviour, handling problem situations and solving disputes. Part of school life includes assemblies for the entire school, class oases and preventative programmes.

The school is open: The children have room for activities together, as well as across grades, which leads to a generally positive atmosphere. Activities and projects involving the entire school, during which various age groups work together, leads to building and strengthening of good relationships. Teachers are partners for the children, they apply the approach of “respect and be respected” and monitor the abidance of the Magic Hill Code.