Our primary task is to help children construct themselves to flourish in an increasingly technical and competitive world. Otkrivatel graduates leave with at least two critically important assets that we believe will sustain them throughout their lifetime: the ability to adapt and a love of learning.
By the time our graduates are in the work force, it is estimated that they will have to change careers at least two or three times during their lifetimes. Improvements in technology will increase the pace of life significantly. How do you prepare children for such a world? We try by enhancing their ability to think logically, to cope with change, to cooperate with others, to pose creative solutions to problems; to defend their right to their own opinions and values, and to respect the rights of others. Their ability to adapt to change and their love of learning will be the keys they need to open any door of opportunity.
We provide a qualitative evaluation of a child’s performance that takes into consideration the whole child, including strengths, limitations, and social, physical, and creative achievements. The education your child receives at Otkrivatel extends far beyond basic skills in math and language. The students’ knowledge and skills are assessed through current and periodic meetings of teachers and the student at which the educational activities are discussed and goals are planned.
The elementary students learn to reflect doing their diaries, and to think about organising time, balancing work over time, what is challenging, planning, no judgement, just self-evaluation and self-reflection.
The types of assessment are oral and practical. The check of students’ knowledge and skills through examinations is carried out by Pedagogical Committee appointed with an order of the Head of school.
Traditional grades provide a quantitative evaluation of a child’s work. Grading creates an environment of winners and losers, undermining the spirit of cooperation and community. Research indicates that grading actually reduces creativity, as students aim for work that will be safe and acceptable to the adult. And therein lies a third powerful reason not to use traditional grades: the children begin to work to please the adult rather than themselves; to work for the extrinsic rather than the intrinsic reward. For these reasons, Otkrivatel does not “grade” children.