"One of my favorite apps is Good Reader. I can use it to pull up worksheets and write my answers in and email them to my teacher. I don’t use any paper, so we are saving the forests! I have also learned to use Pages and Keynote in ICT (Information and Communication Technology). My ICT teacher taught us how to use different fonts, headings, tables and graphs. We use the Mathletics and SpellBoard apps every day. SpellBoard allows me to record the spelling word and the definition in my own voice and in Mathletics, different homework is assigned to different students so I can learn at my own level."
Charli Martin, Grade 4, on using her iPad in class
Stamford American International School aims to make learning relevant and meaningful to students by adopting an inquiry-based, integrated curriculum which focuses on the child as a learner. We recognize that children come to us as distinct individuals with unique experiences, backgrounds, abilities and interests. Our teachers promote cross-cultural understanding, and differentiate instruction to meet students’ varying needs, abilities and learning styles. We provide a balanced education program within a safe, stimulating environment so that each child can learn and grow to their greatest potential.
Stamford uses the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) framework integrated with American Education Reaches Out (AERO) standards to provide the major content for learning and to describe learning outcomes to be achieved by our students. Our language arts program is designed to help students acquire the ability to write and speak well and to examine, process and use information gained through listening and reading. Problem solving, critical thinking and mathematical computation skills are strengthened through our balanced educational approach. In addition to the core math program, students in Kindergarten 2 and above have supplemental Math Enrichment classes focused ondeveloping problem solving, reasoning and communication to further develop their mathematical resiliency, confidence and presentation skills.
Our Elementary School curriculum also includes instruction in Foreign Language, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Dance, Physical Education and Library Skills with a focus on integrated technology. Classes follow Units of Inquiry which guide their studies over a 5-6 week period with a central theme that ties all of their subjects together.
The emphasis on foreign languages continues through our Elementary School with Mandarin and Spanish taught daily by specialists at an ever more challenging spoken and written level. Our language classes are divided into seven levels (phase 1 to phase 7) to ensure that each child is challenged at an appropriate level.
The 1-to-1 iPad Program at Stamford allows for Elementary students in Kindergarten 2 through Grade 5 to challenge themselves in applying practical and creative-thinking skills to solve problems and communicate their ideas to a wider audience. Students work on progressively harder skills as they advance through the program. Students are given a broader range of applications (apps) and the opportunity to choose which app will enhance their multimedia presentations. Stamford teachers are linked into an extensive Apple network of sharing and collaborating to bring the best Information and Communications Technology (ICT) practices into the classroom.
Each student’s achievements are continually assessed. Teachers use a variety of assessment techniques including testing for knowledge and skills, observations, portfolios of student’s work and analysis of book, project and practical work. Attitude, learning skills, social relationships and effort are considered equally important when looking at the overall development of the child.
Detailed descriptive reports are given to parents four times a year and parent/teacher conferences are also held to discuss each student’s social and academic progress. Achievement of students is benchmarked according to American standards in an external assessment held each Fall and Spring called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).
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