My School Ticino > Educational approach
The educational method that our school has adopted and which inspires our teachers at My School Ticino every day is pedagogical activisim. What does this mean ? Who are its pioneers ? Maria Montessori, Loris Malaguzzi, Emmi Pikler, John Dewey, Baden Powell, Thomas Gordon and others. We take the very best from each one and create a unique melting pot to experience and share. The daily presence of both mother tongue English and Italian teachers enhances experiences in a bilingual environment. The local area and its natural and cultural treasures facilitate activities in Outdoor Education that is increasingly important at My School Ticino.
Maria Montessori's active learning
The key feature of active learning is that children play an active role in the educational process and are not simply passive receivers of an adult’s action. Knowledge is gained through experience and the concreteness of doing, understanding concepts through action.
Adults are no longer the transmitters of concepts but instead act as guides preparing the environment to facilitate discovery, curiosity and direct activity by the children independently.
The Montessori method involves using structured materials in a specific sequence. It is clear to the children when something is done incorrectly so they are able to self-correct.
The Reggio Emilia educational approach of Loris Malaguzzi also uses active learning in children’s education. It is acquired through experience, developed by each child over time and at the moment he/she feels is right.
Reggio Emilia schools are known across the world and favour the use of the one hundred languages of children – ways of communicating, expressing yourself and thinking. The adults’ role is to present opportunities for these languages to be revealed.
This is achieved at our workshops and by using non-structured materials, such as reusing clean discarded items which are collected and selected, divided by type, colour and material. Together with the teacher the children express theirdea own ideas, thanks to the variety of the material proposed. In the workshop we do not ‘produce’ learning but rather create the conditions for learning.
The international definition of Outdoor Education is a pedagogical orientation that encourages experiences in direct contact with nature : from children’s natural need to explore and experience, to environmental education projects. The My School Ticino campus lies in a sunny green area with very little traffic. It borders the Riale river and woods with large areas for play and learning in the open air : My Woods for woodland activities, the vegetable garden, the garden, the football pitch as well as wide green areas nearby. The local area and its abundant culture provide rich life and learning experiences in contact with real local life : rural life of yesteryear, the change of seasons in the neighbouring wood, the Mezzana agricultural estate, the discovery of local flora and fauna and much more. My School Ticino offers Outdoor Education projects for all its users : children from the Nursery, the Preschool, the Primary School and the Afterschool service.
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There are mother-tongue English teachers in every class of the school. They speak, play, greet, eat, sing, work, tidy up and welcome in English. The class teacher guarantees continuity with the “local” language while the English teachers propose and offer a different sound to the children, which will help the children develop recognition and acceptance of a different language and to acquire the foundations for learning a second language.