During the past 28 years since Gimnasio Fontana was founded, we have been consolidating a pedagogical model that develops our students’ desire to learn, to think critically and be creative, which are all essential qualities to have in a complex world.
Similarly, we directed all our strategies and efforts to build a learning environment in which children were happy. This has been the guiding principle of our pedagogic project. We understand happiness as the full development of talents and abilities, both intellectual and emotional. We strive to ensure that our students’ experience at school is a memorable and transcendent one in their lives.
We directed all our strategies and efforts to build a learning environment in which children were happy.
Our model is based on an integrated curriculum, where all the areas of knowledge are combined for a common purpose: to create spaces for meaningful learning. This has been recognized by the University of Cambridge’s Student’s Union, in their publication on academic excellence around the world. Likewise, Planeta Editors published “The one hundred most creative questions from children”, a book that exhibits, though children’s experiences, the “What if” model, where Sciences and the Arts can be integrated to develop creativity. We have applied this model at the school for the past 15 years.
As opposed to traditional education, which focuses on teaching people how to give answers, at Fontana our goal is for children to learn how to ask good questions; the best strategy to learn about the world they live in.
At Gimnasio Fontana, questions are the starting point for students to develop their true interest in knowledge. As opposed to traditional education, which focuses on teaching people how to give answers, at Fontana our goal is for children to learn how to ask good questions; the best strategy to learn about the world they live in.
By developing a vision derived from the children’s own curiosity, our students’ learning process is connected to their expectations and interests. When students finds that what they are learning is meaningful, and that they can relate the acquired knowledge with their own reality, their lessons become significant and strengthen their talents and abilities.
Fontana Students are analytical and capable of finding assertive solutions to a variety of problems. They learn how to do this through an integrated curriculum, experiences and projects, which allow them to apply their knowledge to concrete demands and situations.
Fontana Students are analytical and capable of finding assertive solutions to a variety of problems.
This innovative pedagogy also poses great challenges for the teachers. In a world where it is increasingly easy to access information, the role of the teacher has to be radically re-evaluated. In our school, educators have to be aware of their true role as facilitators in the process of learning, and at the same time be incessant researchers in the classroom. Teachers can no longer control knowledge, now they must piece it together with their students, and guide them to approach their lessons with critical thought and active proposals.