At AISMA the Middle School Program is “student centered” and emphasizes active learning. Our
students who participate in this program engage in lesson activities that allow them to discover things for
themselves. They are taught to evaluate the worth of different arguments/viewpoints in order to arrive at
reasoned conclusions. They work in groups, pairs and individually in order to increase their factual
knowledge and understanding of important concepts in each subject area.
Students who participate in the national program also take additional English as a Second Language
Our secondary teachers provide learners with additional support in order to clarify conceptual doubts that
they have, or to suggest alternative routes of inquiry. Students are expected to present and summarize
their ideas/investigations in a variety of forms: for example, PowerPoint presentations, videos, role-plays
and mind maps. These activities are designed to increase learner confidence as students both defend
their ideas and listen to the alternative viewpoints of their peers in the process of gaining critical
feedback. It is important that students consider the process of how they are learning and that they are
prepared to problem solve in order to develop their critical thinking abilities. Teachers in each discipline
area are encouraged to engage students in a dialogue about the process of learning by stressing the
objectives of each lesson and by involving them in the evaluation of completed tasks.
Students who participate in the national program also take additional English as a Second Language Cambridge courses.