About teaching method in France

 

Schools in France, a series produced by France 2

Episode 1: Loving learning

Episode 2: Learning to live together

Episode 3: Knowing and know how


 

Wikids School is one of the very few self-directed learning institution which customizes its curriculum to match each child's unique pace of learning, utilises Montessori materials, andincludes children in decisions taken about their classes and school. 
 
Self-directed curriculum school
 

Children are engaged to take part in self-directing their own learning processes, with our staff and their own peers there to help guide them along their way.

The effectiveness of this method is widely known: this is the famous "learning by doing" practiced in the UK and North America or, in terms closer to home, those of other Paris-based institutions such as the Montessori Schools, theEcoles Actives Bilingues (bilingual self-directed schools), Ecoles Nouvelles, (new pedagogy schools), and so forth.

Each child's curriculum and pace is customised by enabling them to work on their own and in small groups. Children may also attend various grade-specific classes selected to spur their progress in subjects they excel in whilst giving them the time they need to acquire those which are less accessible to them.

Our school utilises Montessori materials

The pedagogical materials developed by Dr. Maria Montessori are made available to Wikids School students. With over fifteen years experience in Montessori schools, our instructors are fully-versed in the usage of these techniques.

Maria Montessori designed her materials to enable children to acquire a capacity for abstract thought based on sensorial material use,

Seeing and touching can render otherwise complex concepts simple and concrete for children (e.g. a binomial cube made of wood can afford a grasp of how (a+b)2 = a 2+ b2+ 2 ab and (a+b)3 = a 3+ b3+ 3ab2+ 3ba2, a notion that is typically not taught until middle school).


Our school practices Institutional Pedagogy

At Wikids School children are viewed as persons and not simply students.

 Recognizing children as persons worthy of interest and capable of formulating an opinion enables us to help children better master social life, rules and how to punish infractions, verbal self-expression in groups, and respect for the speech of others.

 

Institutional Pedagogy, a name which may not be familiar, was in fact utilised by the Ecole de La Neuville (still in operation), and is the fruit of the work of the French psychoanalyst Françoise Dolto as well as Jean and Fernand Oury.