Teaching and Learning at DIS
Teaching and learning is the central activity of our school, supported by a curriculum that is the basis of all we do with the students in our care. Our curriculum maximises the learning for all students, recognising and celebrating diversity and engaging all students in intellectually challenging learning experiences. It provides students with clear guidelines on what they are learning and how they will be assessed. It involves a range of teaching strategies to meet different learning needs and explicit teaching to support students’ learning. It provides opportunities for students to develop and strengthen their required knowledge and skills, thus maximising their capacity to make positive and significant contributions to an evolving global community.
Our School’s Philosophy and Mission Statement guide the understandings and skills we value and want students to demonstrate. It necessitates that in each class and in every lesson, students will develop a deep understanding of the key concepts in each learning area, in ways that respect differing styles of learning. Our curriculum sets out clear requirements, expectations and principles of learning and teaching.
We expect our curriculum to generate excellence and equity in student learning outcomes, and provide opportunities for students to develop their intellectual tools and strategies, thus enabling them to think for themselves, and to manage their own learning. One of the key ways we are raising standards at DIS is by observing what is happening within our own classrooms, from these observations we highlight both good practice and areas for development. Sharing these studies with staff is crucial to our self-improvement and assist us on the journey to outstanding.