In our progressive approach, we see the individual child’s curiosities, abilities and learning style as important factors in designing, differentiating and assessing each student’s learning. We encourage children to follow their interests, pursue problems in a way that makes sense to them and defend their conclusions by explaining their thinking in a variety of ways. We engage students with hands-on investigations, projects and design challenges across the grades and subject areas inspiring greater interest, depth and understanding. Our approach values the skills involved in formulating one’s own questions, as well as answering those of a teacher. We view mistakes as important opportunities for both learning and assessment.
What is Progressive Pedagogy?
- It reflects self-consciously about teaching methods and the teacher-student relationship.
- It encourages disagreement and celebrates difference—and treats the classroom as a place where differences can be articulated and analysed.
- It treats students as participants and not as spectators.
- It emphasises praxis: active inquiry and investigation.
- It seeks to develop a critical awareness of problems, power, and inequalities.
Differences Between Conventional Education and The Magnet School’s Constructivist / Progressive Education
Source: Robert G. Peters, with thanks to the books Schools of Quality, by John Jay Bonstigl, and In Search of Understanding, by Martin C. Brooks and Jaqueline Grennon, Independent Schools.