The Scool of Our Dreams - made by students of Inova

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Presented on the 2nd meeting of the multilateral school partnership Our TRESAURES in Portugal (Feb, 2011)

THE SCHOOL OF OUR DREAMS – What a great topic – The School of Our Dreams! As always when students are asked to give suggestions and ideas of how to improve schools, the list is endless. In accordance, in our Dream School there would be no examinations and no pressure of studies from parents and relatives. That way all students could develop their creative talents and engage them in a variety of extra-curricular activities which they would enjoy driven by their own curiosity and goals. This way we would learn to be responsible for our own education and future. In our Dream School every student would be a successful one due to an interactive and individual approach assuring thus personal development at our own pace, following our own interests. Our Dream School would be a democratic community where teachers and students would have an equal vote in building a community where members are free to do as they please so long as our actions do not cause any harm to others. However, the point of our Dream School is not avoiding our duties and obligations, but providing choices and opportunities.
What do you think would happen to the world if all young people were given the freedom to be creative, curious and collaborative learners?

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The Scool of Our Dreams - made by students of Inova

  1. 1. Private Economics High School INOVA Theme 2 THE SCHOOL OF OUR DREAMS
  2. 2. Private Economics High School INOVA ... m oving towards more and more testing , examinations , qualifications  Modern trend – assessment and examination define education  CONSEQUENTLY, students dream about schools with no tests, no pressure of studies from parents and teachers; they dream of schools where school hours would be turned into leisure h o urs E ducation Today
  3. 3. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> shorter duration of our classes (30 minute classes) </li></ul><ul><li> 2 hour lunch break – proper meal </li></ul><ul><li> examinations and tests – last year of secondary school </li></ul><ul><li> motivating and encouraging students to engage in extra-curricular activities </li></ul>Our Dream School... ! >>>
  4. 4. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> Activity Centre – </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> sports field & gym </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> TV room – </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> half an hour of watching TV per day </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> Emphasizing the importance of self - </li></ul><ul><li>discipline </li></ul><ul><li> Learning to consciously make choices what to do with free time & personal energy </li></ul>...Our Dream School
  5. 5. Private Economics High School INOVA “ Green School” ! RECYCLED MATERIALS RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES SAVING ELECTRICITY
  6. 6. Private Economics High School INOVA Teaching ecology LIVING HEALTHY GREEN AREAS PARKS TREES & FLOWERS
  7. 7. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> 3 main areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> sc i ence </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> social science </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> humanities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> We want to be recognized and acknowledged for active engagement in our education </li></ul><ul><li> THEREFORE... </li></ul>School subjects ? !
  8. 8. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> C hoose subjects in accordance with </li></ul><ul><li>their : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> interest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> goals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> ability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> curiosity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> Learning to be responsible for their own </li></ul>Students ... ! EDUCATION FUTURE
  9. 9. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> professional capabilities strengthened </li></ul><ul><li> better prepared for university education </li></ul><ul><li> free to choose their own paths and discover their unique skills – more purposeful and ultimately successful people </li></ul>... Students >>>
  10. 10. Private Economics High School INOVA PROFESSIONALS IN FIELD  Internships- in cooperation with companies  real world experience Educational programs INSTRUM ENTS TOOLS EQUIPMENT
  11. 11. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> C harity work </li></ul><ul><li> A ctivities, projects & partnerships with community members and stakeholders – improving education system through active involvement in school beside just formal curricula </li></ul>Creative programs ...
  12. 12. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> I nteractive & individual approach in education ensures: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> success according to abilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> developing Education Plan in cooperation with a teacher – monitoring plan’s implementation </li></ul></ul></ul>... Creative programs
  13. 13. Private Economics High School INOVA Success <ul><li> N ot only defined by academic achievement but by students’ own definition of SUCCESS based on personal development at their own pace , following their own interests and goals </li></ul><ul><li> S chools need to be modern , sensible and with a sustainable approach to education </li></ul>>>>
  14. 14. Private Economics High School INOVA  S tudents defining who they are and what they want to be  We dislike being valued worthy or not depending on how good our grades are  Developing our own personality – showing who we really are F riendly E nvironment
  15. 15. Private Economics High School INOVA Democratic School ... !
  16. 16. Private Economics High School INOVA  T e a ching us tools to cope with:  pressing social needs  prejudice  violence  ecological devastation  socioeconomic inequities  E nabling us to live in the information age of the 21st century ... Democratic School >>>
  17. 17. Private Economics High School INOVA  T raining us to know how to discuss our problems through:  openness  democracy  social action AS all members of the community, regardless of age, are equal in their:  rights  duties  obligations ... Democratic School >>>
  18. 18. Private Economics High School INOVA <ul><li> be confident and at ease when speaking </li></ul><ul><li> feel equal to everyone </li></ul><ul><li> not be afraid to ask </li></ul><ul><li> understand there are no “important people” </li></ul>This W ay We Would...
  19. 19. Private Economics High School INOVA  E qual vote in building community with members free to do as they please if actions do not cause any harm to others  We would like shared decision making among students and teachers on matters concerning living, working and learning together T eachers & S tudents ...
  20. 20. Private Economics High School INOVA  E qual partners in educational process actively involved in discussing and proposing changes leading to better learning outcomes  Open communication between students, parents, teachers & principal  All school related issues – solved within school  No need for homework or additional instructions ...T eachers & S tudents
  21. 21. Private Economics High School INOVA  O ur Dream School – not avoiding duties & obligations but providing choices and opportunities to be responsible for having freedom to be ourselves What do you think would happen to the world if all young people were given the freedom to be creative, curious and collaborative learners? In the end ... ? ? ?

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