Linear learning models
The current paradigm has left room for only one way conversation, from the teacher to students, where basic human instincts like collaboration and peer-to-peer learning, teamwork take a backseat.
Subjects are taught without context
Focus is on providing information which has been segregated into watertight buckets, not imparting knowledge, experiences, and ability to learn
All students are assumed to be the same
Students are not assessed according to their unique learning ability or skill. Children drop out after attending school for a while because of domestic pressures
The only method of measuring the progress of a student is examinations, that are largely focused on testing “Memory”. Necessary human traits like critical thinking and scientific temper are ignored. Soft skills like confidence, communication, and compassion are completely forgotten.
Challenges of growing in a poor and troubled India are not acknowledged
While the current system talks about moral education and the human values we must pursue, there are no formal tools employed to walk the talk.
We have developed an innovative approach which includes empowering teachers by bringing them together to make monthly lesson plans. Our approach also includes subject integration, collaborative learning, improved assessment.
The current ways of teaching are outdated and cater to only memory-based learning. The teachers are overloaded with work and get no support. We need to come together at look at what learning means and how it should take place in a classroom.
Multidimensional concept and subject integration
Subjects are not put into boxes, and the fluidity and interconnectedness of subjects are approached via a common unifying theme. Thereby you enter every new subject with a semblance of understanding and familiarity.
The monthly lesson plans and concept notes are brainstormed and designed by the teachers collectively.
Whole group processes
Concepts are discussed as integrative group processes where students sit in a circle in class. This way, there is no hierarchy – there is no divide between the ‘backbenchers’ and the ‘frontbenchers” and all ideas are welcome.
‘Learner’ group processes
Learner Group Processes (LGPs) is a combination of peer-to-peer learning and mentoring. Students are made to sit in small groups based on learning capabilities. Students who know a certain subject matter more than others help others understand the concepts better. In LGPs, special attention is also given to those who are identified as lagging behind. LGPs also foster cross-learning amongst students.
Individual self-assessment and practice
Students are given guided Individual Practice Time (IPT) where they self-reflect on what they have learned and personally evaluate themselves. IPT provides students the opportunity to integrate, deepen and reinforce their subject learning and gives them necessary reflection time to identify their own personal learning obstacles. This encourages them to be more proactive in class and seek help when needed.
As a result of their Individual Practice Time, students create their own Learners Portfolio. Which would help them analyze their own progress reports over the years, and help their parents and teacher become a more integrated part of their development. From time to time, students will also be required to take responsibility for the portfolio of their peers as well.
We do conduct exams to assess students. Instead, we follow a continuous assessment where students are given regular feedback. There are no percentages or grade point averages. Instead, the learning level is recorded as – Evolving, Interested, Involved, Self-directed.
The overall assessment is collated in a progress report which lends itself to CCE (Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation) and NCF (National Curriculum Framework). A student’s progress report also assesses his speaking, reading and writing skills besides, evaluating his grasp of subject knowledge.
We teach our students the practices of yoga and meditation as part of the curriculum as we believe that education today need not only to develop our intelligence but also to support basic human values of warm-heartedness and compassion.
Impact on children
Impact on teachers