Children learn by doing, using their senses, exploring their environment of people, things, places and events. Children do not learn as effectively when they are passive. Active engagement with things and ideas promotes mental activity that helps students retain new learning and integrate it with what they already know.

-The Multigrade Teacher’s Handbook, published by the Bureau of Elementary Education, Department of Education, Culture, and Sports, the Philippines, in cooperation with UNICEF, 1994.

SNIS uses techniques of teaching (pedagogy) that promote self-learning through a multi-skill, learner-centered, and activity based approach.As a Thinking School, we help our students to explore concepts, ideas, and issues that are of local and global significance. Our teachers emphasize research and encourage students to learn from their peers, with students actively critiquing one another’s work.

Our teaching and learning is rooted in questioning. Students question to investigate and teachers provoke the students to stimulate learning and elicit understanding. We avoid interfering with the student learning process by directly answering their questions. Instead, we encourage them to Inquire, Think, Act, and Reflect in order to develop an enduring understanding and subsequently take meaningful action.In this process students learn to investigate, communicate, collaborate, consider different perspectives, make decisions and solve problems effectively which are essential 21st century skills.

Our objective is to achieve the educational goal of helping children gain control over the process of thinking. Therefore, the emphasis is on how to learn rather than what to learn, which will serve them throughout their lives.Education at SNIS makes students independent learners with the ability to express themselves confidently and creatively.

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