IThe IESS educational project is based on a cooperative, laboratory-based teaching method, with a central focus on the students, who learn by doing, the teachers acting as coaches who stimulate and coordinate the activities.
Based on teaching modules lasting 1 hour and 40 minutes, allowing the students to develop the lesson topics in detail, the IESS method consists of seven stages.
1. Defining the curriculum
Updated to the start of the millennium, the curricula are defined in a collegial manner, by subject area, synchronising topics and activities and ensure interdisciplinarity.
The teachers select the topics in a modern key, privileging not the quantity but rather the relevance of the subjects covered with a view to studying the contents in-depth.
2. Preparing the lesson
Every lesson is prepared in detail.
The teachers plan stimulating lessons, also considering the interest of the students and using photos, videos, diagrams, maps and other multimedia materials, published in the school’s on-line courses and accessible via the iPad also from home.
In the classroom, the teacher presents the topics in short, interesting and multimedia-based lessons, adopting flexible methods to stimulate interest and participation.
Enthusiastic and motivated, the teachers encourage critical thought and discussion, fostering debate and freedom of expression, involving and stimulating the students who actively participate in the lesson.
After a brief lesson, the teacher assigns laboratory activities, allowing the students to consolidate in the classroom the topics covered.
The teacher proposes individual and group activities, actively and closely supporting the work and stimulating learning and thought.
The students read the texts, take notes, produce concept maps and do exercises and research.
5. Assessing understanding
After the laboratory, the teacher resumes the lesson and checks that the topics have been understood.
The teacher asks questions, stimulates reasoning, clarifies doubts and integrates the topics covered.
Finally, the teacher checks the results achieved against the objectives, explicitly describing the assessment and verification methods and assigns homework, providing specific instructions for study.
The students continue the work done in class at home, completing the assigned activities and complying with the study instructions and deadlines.
Using the iPad, they cooperate with each other, sending any queries and submitting the homework done to the teachers, who monitor the students from home via the iPad.
The students apply themselves with constant effort and method, not only for oral and written tests, but aware that their work is checked continuously.
7. Assessing learning
During the next lesson, the teacher checks that the students have learned not the notions but the fundamental concepts of the previous lesson.
Written tests are set and group discussion encouraged, involving the students with questions and stimulating thought.
The students are not given grades but a judgement, the errors are explained and indications are given to help improvement, where required assigning remedial exercises and activities.