learning at gis SP

The curriculum framework that best represents GIS SP - The International School of São Paulo’s philosophy of education is based on a transdisciplinary, inquiry based approach. Children investigate themes of global significance, posing open questions and using evidence based reasoning and creative problem-solving to reach their own conclusions. They are encouraged to move beyond general curiosity into the realms of critical thinking and understanding.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy permeates our Early Years classes. 

All children possess a hundred languages, a hundred ways of thinking, expressing themselves, understanding, and encountering otherness, with thoughts that weave together the different dimensions of experience and knowledge, and do not divide them ..."

The keystone of the approach is the image of children and teachers as capable, resourceful researchers, interested in inquiring seriously into the world around them. Such thoughtful engagement includes working through theories, thoughts, feelings and values in multiple modes of representation, such as drawing, dance, wire, clay, music, painting, light and shadow, design and building, and so forth. It includes the teacher research of pedagogical documentation in which teachers inquire into children's thinking and understanding, invite children to revisit documentation, and study documentation in order to propel curriculum further.  It includes the notion of children as full participants in their society, and creators of culture for others to study and enjoy. 

In the Reggio Children Approach the classroom plays an essential role and is seen as the third teacher.  This means that the classroom should be an inviting space in which the children feel comfortable to explore and investigate and to wander and wonder about their units of inquiry.  It is important they feel safe within the space to share their ideas and discover possibilities.