Evolving Teaching Methods: How International Schools Are Innovating Education - Bangkok Prep

Evolving Teaching Methods: How International Schools Are Innovating Education

In the modern international classroom, you will likely find teaching methods that you and I might not have been accustomed to as children. International schools are constantly evolving to stay up-to-date with pedagogical methodologies to provide children with the best possible opportunities in life. To understand how international schools are redefining education, we want to share seven teaching practices that are likely shaping your child’s learning environment. 1 – The Holistic Approach: This approach focuses on enhancing a child’s development across all areas. Seeing as children have emotional, intellectual, and physical needs, international schools understand the necessity to nurture their growth in all areas, creating an environment of self-discovery and addressing their well-being as well as academic achievement. 2 – The Student-Centred Approach: This teaching philosophy has spread across schools worldwide. Traditional teaching methods were teacher-centric, meaning the knowledge was transmitted from the learning facilitator to the students. However, with a student-centred approach, students set their own goals, explore topics of interest, and take ownership of their learning journey, promoting student engagement and improving their learning experience. 3 – Learning Through Play: One of the most progressive teaching practices is incorporating play into learning. This method fosters a child’s imagination and creativity and helps them become problem solvers. Play-based learning includes hands-on activities, experimentation, and exploration, creating a meaningful and fun environment for young learners. 4 – Project-Based Learning: International learning environments usually follow this powerful method. Traditional learning would have children focus on memorising facts and taking standardised tests. In contrast, a project-based approach means students work on real-world projects that often require critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. This also helps them transfer their skills and knowledge to other situations they are likely to encounter throughout their learning or future employment. 5 – Differentiation and Personalised Learning – A great thing about international schools is that they embrace diversity. Recognising the unique learning needs of students means they employ differentiation strategies tailored to each student’s individual abilities and interests. Through personalised learning, facilitators can adapt content, pacing, and methods to accommodate everyone’s needs and preferences. 6 – The Restorative Approach: This approach fosters a positive classroom environment where students develop tremendous strength in empathy, conflict resolution, and respect. Due to the diversity of international schools, it is essential to create an all-inclusive environment where students know how to repair harm, build relationships, and treat each other. 7 – Gaining Global Perspectives: International schools provide students with a unique and incredible opportunity to gain global perspectives through international exchanges, celebrating multicultural diversity, and participating in interdisciplinary studies. Almost every student’s engagement with a peer or member of the faculty will help enhance their worldview, giving them intercultural competence and a broad understanding of the world. This is a sure way for students to become extraordinarily well-rounded individuals.

Find Out More About How International Learning Environments Can Benefit Your Child

If you want to know more about how an international school can benefit your child and enhance their learning journey, please contact Bangkok Prep. As one of Southeast Asia’s leading international schools, we would be pleased to give you all the advice you need so you can make an informed decision about your child’s education.

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Primary School

The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

Admissions Procedure

When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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