Newspaper- Discover Early Years Program - Kindergarten
The American International School of Kingston, hosted a virtual open house for their Early Years Program last Wednesday, June 3rd. The webinar introduced the public to the schools teaching methods, core values, and use of technology.
Deputy Head of School, Anna Wallace, began the discussion by outlining AISK beliefs on effective teaching, creativity, critical thinking, empowerment and technology by speaking of the school’s dedication to recruiting and keeping well-trained teachers, providing a technologically forward classroom, and ensuring that children are happy.
Teaching and Learning Director, Sylvia Browne, expanded on how AISK keeps students engaged and learning. At AISK they encourage students to be aware of their thinking by having them lead the learning process. This is done with guided discussions that encourage students to question. Ms.Edwards, one of our early childhood teachers at AISK, followed this with an example - her students create the rules for her classroom after having numerous conversations on why rules exist and why they are important.
AISK uses the High Scope curriculum which encourages students to plan, do and review. While students direct their learning process, teachers are constantly evaluating the children's level of communication and their ability to think critically, so that they can adjust and find the best method to influence growth in those areas.
Aside from the school’s pedagogy, parents were able to hear about its use of technology. AISK is a one to one school, which means that each student has their own device - in the case of the Early Years Program each child has an iPad. The teachers make use of the iPads by using varied software programs to teach different concepts, and they create opportunities for the students to incorporate technology into their learning projects.
Along with this AISK focuses on differentiated learning and the importance of reading comprehension. When it comes to differentiated learning, their teachers make sure that they know the individual level of each student. This helps them to challenge a strong reader with more difficult work or to slow things down for a student who needs a little more time, and of course, this is assisted by the software available to the educators.
And when it comes to learning how to read, the school not only teaches students how to decode but also how to understand what the words mean and what the message is. The Early childhood program is the foundation for learning how to read in kindergarten, so it’s so important that this foundation is set correctly, so AISK ensures that happens through early exposure.
By the end of the webinar, parents got to hear about AISK’s use of technology, their teaching beliefs, how they implement our teaching methods and how they continue to stretch themselves through constant training.
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