the purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best

Paul Valery

WHO WE ARE

We are two young and dynamic teachers who love to share their passion for psychology and research with their students. We might be the smallest department at ISML, but we use this to our advantage to work together very closely in order to provide high quality teaching to all of our students. We regularly try new and innovate teaching methods in our classes to make them as interactive and diverse as possible: role plays, debates, silent discussions, partner puzzles and posters are just a few of the things we do to make students engage more deeply with the content. However, our goal is not just to give the students the necessary knowledge and skills to make them pass their exams. Psychology is a subject that gives students the opportunity to open up and talk about personal experiences and opinions. One necessary condition to do so is a positive class atmosphere in which students get to know and trust each other.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

In psychology, we use a variety of teaching approaches ranging from teacher-centered to learner centered. We alternate between different methods and techniques like lectures and direct instructions on one hand, and group work, class discussions, debates or role play on the other hand. The student plays an active role in the learning process where creativity, comprehension and reflection should be promoted. Creating a learner-friendly environment and a collaborative atmosphere are indispensable when it comes to active learning. In the teaching and learning process, different forms of assessment are used. Through both formative and formal assessment, progress can adequately be measured, and teaching can be adapted.

WHAT WE OFFER

First of all, we prepare students for their As- or A-Level exams at the end of the schoolyear. Also several other skills which can be applied to everyday life are part of our aim. We want to further students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Developing a scientific mindset linked to curiosity and imagination are important when it comes to accessing and analysing known or unknown material. They should be able to see problems from different angles and think outside of the box. Furthermore, students should take responsibility and develop an autonomous work ethic. Finally, students will be prepared to use effective oral and written communication.

MEET OUR TALENTED TEAM

Lynn Palgen

Lynn Palgen

Clinical psychologist

Nathalie Kails

Nathalie Kails

Clinical psychologist

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