16 Apr 2018

Music Philosophy

In education, self-exploration is the point of departure. When we accept and learn to appreciate the differences in one another, our collaboration becomes more powerful. When it comes to music, we believe it can offer something for everybody. Music is a medium for individual expression. Think of the subject as a kind of language, which we need to master the basic rules of, in order to be able to create our own ways to communicate. Our intention is to develop the students’ ability to express and make choices that will help them identify themselves through music. In other words, enable them to find their voice. A drum could never be a flute, but together they can produce an amazing sound.

We think of a classroom as a child’s space to discover, explore and experiment with things around them and make it sound as they like it the best. Music is not just black and white and there is no right or wrong. Children should be in an environment in which they can experiment with sounds that they create. We must not forget the element of “play” in playing music. There is no theory that cannot be found through play.

Moreover, music is interconnected with all core subjects. Students perhaps do not realise that when they are singing a simple song they are in fact engaging in literacy, language and math. On top of this, they are introduced to music history, culture and diversity. All in all, music production is a social act and that in itself is important. At AISA, we build our foundation of teaching music using this philosophy to allow us to show our students the beauty of the world through the colours of music.

Anna Bazikova

Music Teacher

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26 Mar 2018

The Project Adventure Philosophy

A philosophy that we are passionate about is the Project Adventure by Karl Rohnke. The Project Adventure Philosophy involves cooperative games which create an atmosphere that is fun, supportive and challenging. In general, students are usually more capable (mentally, emotionally, and physically) than they perceive themselves to be, and if given the opportunity to try in a supportive atmosphere, they can discover this excellence within themselves.

The main goal of this philosophy is to increase participant’s sense of personal confidence and mutual support within a group and to develop an increased level of agility and physical literacy. By adopting the Project Adventure philosophy at AISA, children will be encouraged to play with one another, to never feel the fear of failure, and to increase their self-esteem.

Konstantinos Makrykostas

P.E. Teacher

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26 Mar 2018

Making Thinking Visible

An area of learning we are passionate about is using visible thinking routines in the classroom to help develop students who can shape their world through independent, creative and critical thinking. A visible thinking routine is any idea that invites the learner to be an observer, organise their own ideas and reason carefully and reflect on these ideas. The idea was developed by a philosopher at Harvard University, who created Project Zero. He believed that learning should be a cognitive activity but zero work has been done in this field so the idea of Project Zero was generated. It has been developed and expanded to many different areas over the years and led to the ‘Culture of Thinking’ project and examples of thinking routines to use in class.

The benefits we have experienced from using thinking routines at AISA are numerous. They help direct teacher attention straight to the issue of thinking, they encourage action and discussion and they build an infrastructure for thinking and learning in the classroom. By using the visible thinking techniques in lessons and leading professional development sessions in school, we have aimed to create a creating a culture of learning to drive students learning forward. To develop this further we are aiming to schedule catch up sessions in school to share good practice and reflect on what routines worked well in the classroom. We plan to research the ideas further by making connections in the local community and joining Project Zero Netherlands professional development events creating partnerships with other schools in the area.

Sarah Horton

Class Teacher



Image credit: Rachel Mainero


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