Our Take: No Bell
No bell - is a private school recognized by the global organization Edumission for the most innovative school in the world of 2017, which breaks the usual teaching patterns. This is a school without bells, without textbooks, in which students have a direct impact on the content. In the teaching process NB is based primarily on Montessori pedagogy, with all its attributes - following the student, special help, working at their own pace, different classes, cleaning in the classroom and in the garden, outdoor activities, observation of nature, sport. At the same time, however, it creates a unique atmosphere in which students develop beautifully. The classes are organized to serve children and satisfy their need for movement - there are no chairs in the younger ones, therapeutic balls and the role of benches serve as tables, which are also exercise devices. The classes are colorful and the children can move around freely. In older classes - the arrangement depends on the current needs of children. The school has long since abandoned not only the traditional table, but also textbooks, because these impose ready-made solutions, they kill students in the freedom to interpret the content they learn. This does not mean that children do not learn - on the contrary, they successfully implement the Polish core curriculum for individual stages of education, achieving high scores in various competitions, but they do so at a pace and in a form that they themselves designate. The basis of the teaching process is an individual approach to the student and projects that students do both individually and in a group. They serve to develop creative thinking because they have an interdisciplinary character, and their role is to use the acquired knowledge in practice. The pupils decide about the choice of topic related to the content being processed. Freedom of interpretation and the possibility of choice are two basic factors that NB teachers pay special attention to. The school also puts emphasis on learning foreign languages, especially English.
Students have English every day, and during classes they not only discuss with native speakers, but also carry out specific tasks - write scripts, make films, discuss current topics - they actually learn a foreign language while exploring the problems that interest them. Thanks to this, learning is addictive, interesting - it has nothing to do with the boring repetition of words and rules. In the didactic and educational process, environmental, health and humanitarian projects as well as volunteering are also of great importance. No bell belongs to the group of "schools with the power to change the world", implementing the Ashoka Foundation program. There are only 400 in the entire world, 6 in Poland.