"Help me to do it myself!"
The school is not only a place of learning, but also a place of living together. This is essential for the development of the personality and how to cope with life. Learning does not begin and does not end with the school. Learning is alive and flowing. Learning is a two way process of all people involved (children, parents, teachers) in a natural environment. The school provides a culture of learning that allows all students to have the same opportunity to learn successfully. The school project is based on innovative educational principles (Montessori, Freinet pedagogy, lifelong learning). The school provides a structured learning environment that was endorsed by Maria Montessori. In addition, individual components of the Freinet pedagogy are integrated.
- Creating an environment for self-determined development
A relaxed environment that provides security, acceptance and dialogue are essential for children to learn. The children are capable of developing in a positive and healthy manner. Students are not expected to produce a perfert product everytime and sometimes errors will occur.
- Preparation of a stimulating environment in conjunction to the school surroundings
All areas of life and knowledge are part of the classroom, based on group structure, the needs and interests of children, current events and the curriculum of Austrian compulsory schools. The materials provided are vivid and used for independent student activities. Theses materials are included throughout primary school. The development of Maria Montessori materials allow the student to achieve their learning goals largely independent of adults.
- Mixed age lessons
In some lessons there is mixed ability grouping. The age mix is a natural interaction and expands the scope of accomplishments in group work. If student talents, interests, strengths and weaknesses are encouraged a variety of noticeable works are created.
- Learning in a free movement environment
The children choose their activities according to their learning path in agreement with the teacher. They edit their content knowledge and largely self-select methods that meet their needs. They develop and implement their own ideas here and decide for themselves whether they want to work individually or in groups. They acquire in a very natural way the basic performance skills for understanding their community: self-directed and self-organized learning in a project-oriented organization of studies.
- School Council, Presentations
The development of democracy in all areas of school life (students /, trainers /, parents and supporters) is an essential feature of this school. Students / School Council have the opportunity to discuss how to shape the school life by expressing the ideas,requests, suggestions, complaints and problems. The School Council will be held once a week under the direction of a student or a student and accompanied by the teaching team. The students gain first hand experience in how to prepare presentations. They can work on their own or in a small group to research specific topics. The presentation of the final paper must be well coordinated and presented clearly. The audience gives the speaker feedback.
The positive teamwork among teachers is one of the pillars of this school program. Every teacher is committed to learning the guiding principles of the school and implementing them according to their own ability. Individual and collaborative discussions among the educators about content and methods are essential for successful implementation during the school day. This mutual approach results in a wide variety of enrichment. Weekly team meetings are held to discuss and organize current educational topics. Problem areas are discussed and possible solutions considered.
To join our school and it teachings means to be on an individual learning path where help is provided whenever it is needed. Sometimes it is not possible for students to find their path, which means that you have to show them. There are methods to show them that do not require monitoring and children take pleasure in trying these methods by themselves. To that effect, the commitment to lifelong learning in a positive manner is created.
Studies have repeatedly confirmed that children who had the opportunity to take responsibility in school had the needed requirements for an independent professional life. Also, they are notable for their stable personality and their independence. They question and discuss and have learned to solve problems together.