Pedagogical Approach

PHILOSOPHICAL AND PEDAGOGICAL FOUNDATIONS

Esfera intends to develop active, critical, reflective and conscious students; students who seek challenges and are capable of self-management. Therefore the pedagogical proposal works on five areas that are necessary for this to occur.

The four pillars of Education as defined by UNESCO:

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High academic standards and the integration of the National curriculum with international references seeking the best academic performance of the students.

The methodology and the IB Standards and practices drive a contemporary practice in the classroom, allowing students to acquire deep understandings, establish connections and take actions within the contexts of projects, differentiated activities and rigorous assessments. The school works with external standardized tests as a way to ensure its practices and the high academic standards according to the goals for each subject area in Elementary and Middle School. Students are certified by the University of Cambridge with the Cambridge Exams for the English Language Proficiency and by Instituto Cervantes with the DELE Exam for the Spanish Language.

Teaching for comprehension and for diversity: Meaningful Learning

Esfera is based on the understanding that people present multiple intelligences and that classrooms are heterogeneous. Concepts and curriculum are developed to allow for individual and group dynamics. Classes meet the needs of diverse students through learning centers, projects and active participation, in which students are the protagonists of their own learning process.

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Bilingual Education: Portuguese and English

Bilingual education is offered within the context of the international environment and philosophy of the school. This is effectively provided through immersion, ever since preschool classes, and in later years through instruction in different class subjects.

Continuous teacher development

The teaching team participates in a process of continuous professional development in diverse areas related to Esfera’s pedagogical practice. The staff engages in weekly meetings for collaborative planning, attend IB workshops and conferences, and actively participate in the Esfera Seminars, as well as present papers, workshops and lectures in other educational events.

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INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

International Certification recognized for high academic standards and the development of international mindedness.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation that offers four programs for students aged 4 to 19. Focused on the students, the programs aim at developing the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a globalizing world.

Esfera Escola Internacional is authorized by the IB to offer the Primary Years Programme – PYP, for students aged 3 to 11, from Preschool to Elementary School up to Grade 5 and the MYP Programme – MYP for Middle School up to Grade 9.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

Themes with local and global relevance broaden the students’ references and perspectives, as an important part of the differentiated program offered by the school.

Certified as a UNESCO Associated School since 2008, Esfera Escola Internacional is committed to foster the mission, the goals and the themes established by the United Nations. To be a UNESCO associated School means to enhance education for the culture of peace, freedom and equality, under the main themes of study: World Concerns and the United Nations system, Human Rights and Democracy, Intercultural Learning, and Environmental Issues. The work is developed through projects integrated to the curriculum and/or to the Units of Inquiry (IB) in all grade levels.

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Internationally recognized English Language Certification, starting in Year 3 of Elementary School.

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Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera – Instituto Cervantes

Internationally recognized Spanish Language Certification at the conclusion of Year 9.