The taught curriculum adheres to the Reduced Formal Curriculum (RFC). There are documents detailing the curriculum content and the Tracking Mechanism for the Core subjects. Lessons are clearly structured. They have a learning objective that comes from the RFC. Teachers are proficient in expressing the learning objective so that it can be used as a part of the Flipped Classroom model.
The Flipped Classroom: the teacher records the exposition of the key learning objectives of the class. This is saved online and can be accessed by learners outside the classroom as many times as they need. Rather than giving exercises for homework, the exposition is given for homework as preparation for classwork. Classwork is instead dedicated to clarification of the “lecture”. This means that class work is dynamic: asking good questions, clearing up doubts, extending learning into new areas.
Flipping the Classroom is not appropriate with younger learners. However, the Distance Learning Coordinator works with teachers at all levels to ensure that there is sufficient range and depth in the online teaching environment to justify the 40% distance learning component. This is an exciting component of the whole school. It liberates teachers, students and parents from an absolute dependence on the classroom.
Self-directed learning and teaching
Students have considerable freedom to direct their own learning. They can invent their own projects, engage in activities that they choose, and decide whether to work alone or as part of a group. Teachers may set up projects for children and become involved with the project work that children have freely initiated. They are sensitive to children’s interests and adapt the project focus of each teacher-led project according to the response of the group.
Teachers are responsible for acquiring the material, equipment and resources for their classrooms; for organizing learning material and displaying it well. They may involve children in any part of the organization of the classroom space.
Children can offer to teach their peers.
- Excellent teaching: clear learning objectives
- Use the Flipped Classroom
- Use the Online Portfolio
- Prize creativity and hands-on experience
- Continual professional development both individually and as a team
- Compassionate assessment
MBAT employs qualified teachers with at least two years’ experience. Teachers go through an induction program.