Global Perspectives

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Student Learning Experience

A designed environment with educational spaces for promoting learning and self development

DESIGNED LEARNING SPACES FOR CREATIVE THINKING
Creative learning spaces are designed to present different ways to explore ideas, collaborate in teams on projects and for developing skills in research, analysis, evaluation and communication.  The emphasis is on acquiring critical thinking and creative approaches to problem solving using cross disciplinary skills. Students are encouraged to break out of linear thinking and apply class room knowledge in original ways.

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A SCHOOL ENGINEERED FOR LEARNING
The Arcadia school building was engineered and designed with the idea of creating a quality learning environment. Recent research at universities has clearly established how environmental factors affect student abilities to concentrate on tasks and develop learning skills. Teaching spaces at Arcadia were built for optimal natural light, temperature, and quality of air – all of which are significant contributors to the perception of the space, the ability to function, think and absorb information.

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TEACHING FOR THE SKILLS OF TOMORROW
Arcadia is highly focused on encouraging student participation using a cross- disciplinary, activity-based curriculum.  A robotics lesson for example will use math and science elements; a field trip to a nature preserve uses biology, chemistry and physics to study environmental changes. Technology and media also plays a central role, as teams create content and environments outside the classroom are used as learning spaces. Balancing structured classroom lessons within an informal and flexible environment has proven to increase student participation.

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LEARNING FROM NATURE
The school location allows students to explore nature around the vast green area surrounding the school, excursions to nearby mountains and trips to the Adriatic which is less than 5 minutes away. The curriculum is extended outdoors, with specially designed outdoor teaching areas. We take advantage of the natural surroundings for students to learn how to observe nature and respect the environment.

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Field trips takes students to observe and study the rich Montenegro environment, including trips to Dormitor Park (the last remaining virgin forest in Europe), the Tara river canyon (the deepest canyon after the US grand canyon) and the Skadar Lake eco-system with over 280 different bird species including the Dalmatian pelican, mallard, curlew, grebe, eagle  and herons.

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