Students as Researchers

“We must approach children as co-constructors of knowledge and world makers” - Loris Malaguzzi

In Depth Investigations

Re-Imagining Education....Inspiring Inquiry Through Innovative Learning
While CIJS feels it is important to engage in (and utilizes) traditional curriculum programs and approaches to education, it is equally important, if not more, to engage in interdisciplinary methods of instruction through research. 
At CIJS, students are provided opportunities to engage in both short and long term studies. CIJS educators collaborate on the process of analyzing data collected over a course of time in the classroom in order to develop the curriculum to determine which experiences and studies the students will engage in. This is based on both state standards and student interest.  Research projects are intentional, organized, well thought out, collaborative and open to experimentation; and are applied to real world experiences.  
Inquiry-based teaching is an essential aspect of the Reggio approach to education.  Students are continually asked to engage in creative and critical thinking that involves analyzing, abstract thought, the consideration of hypothetical situations and that make use of metaphors and figurative language.   CIJS encourages students to engage in the cycle of inquiry, understanding that the process is more important than the product.  The best researchers and scientists always fail first…. in order to succeed!!  

“Our task as educators, is to provide students with the tools to construct their own knowledge, rather than simply teaching rote memorization.” – Loris Malaguzzi




Experiential Learning

Creates opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for results within their own learning. Scholars reflect, analyze and engage intellectually in inquiry based lessons that result in knowledge that transfers to future success.  

Student Researchers

CIJS scholars engage in rigorous discussions with varying perspectives for each investigation.  Topics are selected based on interest and state standards. Research promotes the ability to identify and ask appropriate questions, design & conduct investigations, collect evidence, draw conclusions and communicate while acquiring the research findings.  The process of research is essential in preparing students for 21st century learning.  

Making Learning Visible

Students and adults learn from each other, teaching new perspectives and ways of thinking. Documenting learning allows for opportunities to self reflect, reteach misconceptions and to dive deeper into discussions. 

Why is Reggio a Particularly Successful Approach to Education?

Encourages Project-Based Opportunities: Learning is interdisciplinary: literacy, science, art, social studies, and other subjects are integrated as much as possible and related to real-world projects. As a result, learning is deep and meaningful rather than superficial
Hands-On Learning: Creates long-term retention and true comprehension rather than rote memorization (where they regurgitate and forget soon thereafter)
Higher Level Thinking: Opportunities to utilize true comprehension and critical thinking skills as students engage in question/answer problem-solving while participating in experiments or group projects that allow them to think through the process of a task
Collaborative Learning: Teachers are partners in student learning as
ü  Students make predictions and through the discovery phase, find their own answers
ü  Teachers guide students through the self-discovery process
ü  Teachers structure the curriculum based on students’ innate interests
ü  Children become life-long learners through this process
ü  Children experience mutual respect between students and teachers
ü  Allows creativity
ü  Motivates children’s interest and involvement
ü  Ensures children work at appropriate developmental levels
ü  Provides a well-balanced curriculum which prepares students for higher level education
ü  Includes meaningful assessments
ü  Integrates technology based curriculum
Student Researchers
Experiential Learning

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