Why Maple Bear?
Canada is a pioneer among the countries that are adapting their education system to the concept of 21st century skills. Since 1994 the state applies a methodology fully focusing on learning the key skills for future success.
From a very young age, it is important to provide students with activities that are rooted in 21st century learning skills, including: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, digital literacy and global citizenship. Literacy is about reading to learn not just learning to read. It is about developing the capacity and motivation to identify, understand, interpret, create and communicate knowledge.
Maple Bear promotes this broad concept of literacy through their curriculum, instructional practices and assessments. Learning is assessed by demonstrating the ability to apply what has been learned to new contexts. Assessment and evaluation strategies are authentic, inform instructional decisions, promote student engagement and improve student learning.
It’s the use of two different languages in the classroom instruction of academic content. At Maple Bear, students study all academic subjects in either their native language or English, depending on the subject and grade level.
Students don’t just memorize vocabulary in a Maple Bear classroom. This is a key difference between the programs offered at Maple Bear and the ESL training offered at other schools claiming to offer a bilingual education.
Furthermore, at Maple Bear, students begin learning English in pre-school using a student-focused English immersion learning system based on Canadian educational pedagogy and best practices.