Teaching and Learning Philosophy
Student learning is the highest priority at IST. The most effective learning happens in a context in which students feel understood, safe and confident. Teaching and learning at IST follows a constructivist approach, where students actively shape their understanding in interaction with teachers and peers.
Effective learning requires students to be engaged, motivated and inspired by their teachers, peers and environment, as well as intrinsically. Motivation increases when students have choice and control over their learning in authentic contexts. Students must master core skills and acquire substantive knowledge, which are necessary for the active, critical, and inquiry-based learning we value.
Students learn more effectively when teachers actively promote a growth mindset, purposefully fostering perseverance, practice and hard work in their students.
Challenge and support
IST believes that support and challenge maximise the potential of each individual student. All students are capable of making educational progress when they are appropriately supported and challenged. Therefore teachers at IST challenge students to continuously grow in their understanding and skills.
IST supports a diverse range of learning needs, as students come to us with various levels of readiness, learning support needs and interests. Working with diverse classmates enriches our students’ education and prepares them for life.
It is vital that all students receive prompt, clear feedback about their performance, with a focus on how to improve. It is also essential that students have ongoing opportunities to communicate their experience of the teaching and learning process to their teachers.