PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH

BILINGUAL CURSUS AND RESPECTING CURRICULA

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Open World International School proposes a high quality bilingual French-English cursus which follows the State national education curriculum as well as the international Cambridge curriculum. A child enrolled in our school can therefore successfully rejoin the traditional school system at any time. Thanks to small class sizes and individual monitoring of each child, we exceed the expectations outlined by the State Department of Education.

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We prepare our students to take Cambridge exams. These exams are internationally recognised certifications of a person’s level of English. Open World International School is a recognised Cambridge English exam preparation centre. Students are prepared and presented for exams from Year 4. Open World International School is a member of ELSA France (English Language Schools Association France) which regroups bilingual schools. ELSA France facilitates communication, co-operation and professionalism among member schools.

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Open World International School is a member of ELSA France (English Language Schools Association France) which regroups bilingual schools. ELSA France facilitates communication, co-operation and professionalism among member schools.

POSITIVE AND ACTIVE PEDAGOGY

Our quality teaching is made possible thanks to rigor, dynamism and positive, differentiated pedagogy. Small class sizes allow for the individual monitoring of each student. Students learn by actively discovering things for themselves and by their own experiences. In this way we use the teaching methods created by Maria Montessori.

Beyond this active pedagogy, we adopt a common sense approach to school life - an approach where confidence, respect, communication and willingness to make an effort are key. Society and education have evolved and nowadays we believe the old-school lecture approach in which a teacher imposes his/her lessons and discipline on students in a battle of wills no longer works. Instead we believe in convincing and motivating students to make an effort, rather than forcing them to do so. We believe in highlighting a student’s success rather than focusing on their failures or shortcomings. We believe in taking account of each student’s interests, affinities and difficulties in order to build a bond of trust with them. The teacher’s role is to guide and accompany their students. They foster cooperation and team spirit by striving to create a positive and stimulating environment where every child feels heard and recognised. Our team has been trained in this positive, benevolent pedagogy where rigor and a sense of a job well done are a requirement - a fair balance with convincing results.

A GLOBAL APPROACH

Open World International School offers a complete education designed not only to develop intellectual skills but also emotional and physical skills. Children are taught how to use their hearts and bodies as well as their minds. This Head, Heart, Body approach serves to better point out the strengths of each individual, how they work and how they can achieve personal fulfillment. Emotional education at school encourages self-awareness and the development of personal, communication and relationship skills. Our goal is to help children grow not only in their academic learning but also in their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills such as cooperation, respect, taking initiative, independence, courage, positive attitude, work ethic, etc. Intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence cannot be seen as unlinked: developing either of these skills requires the development of the other.

More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.Charlie Chaplin

By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit.Gandhi

FAMILY, a cornerstone

Our teaching is based on a close relationship with the families of our students, who remain their primary instructors. It is through communication and trust between the family and the educational staff that a sound and effective teaching relationship can be built to best serve the student.