Enriching Learning at School, A Dubai School Sets an Example
There is so much talk about
giving our children 21st century skills of learning. But how many schools are actually implementing
it? We often listen to leaders in education like Ken Robinson, Simon Sinek etc.
who warns us about the depleting or degenerating education system. We often
hear people shooting us with question on today’s teachers educating students
for a job market that will be soon obsolete. How should we this generation
educators teach tomorrow’s workers? This
is where the question arises as how we trust that the 21st-century learning is
at the heart of a movement preparing students to work in a very different
world. Now this concept of 21st-century skills may seem nebulous. It needs to
cater to a variety of needs of the students and how the school can incorporate
the same into its system. As leaders we need to take action now and here are
few innovative measures that we follow in AMLED to achieve this. AMLED is a
community of learners be it the teachers or the students. Learning never stops
in our school.
Along with the four C’s which are Creativity, Communication, Critical thinking and Collaboration, we work on these 3 pillars too with our teachers which is very crucial for setting the four C’s in the right order
•Planning for Success
All these put together we are
able to achieve a milestone of being rated as a GOOD school by the Dubai School
Inspection Bureau (DSIB)
Learning Enrichment Sessions
The LES are a part of our commitment to providing hands on learning by making adaptations in the curriculum.
Once a week the students get an opportunity to sharpen their skills and enhance their learning further in Math, English and Science. Half the class ( a group of 12 to 15 students) comes out to work on the LES stations whereas the other half moves to the curiosity lab if it’s a science class or uses the math lab or undertakes some math activities in the class with the teacher. The LES teacher provides them with a range of activities from, puzzles, quizzes, board games for math and science all designed and based on the topic currently being done in class. With the help of these students test their learning as well as experience the joy of learning and are motivated. In English the focus is on improving reading, writing and communicating skills.
LES is a regular feature at school all-round the year for the benefit of students keeping them motivated, challenged and engaged in learning.
LBB: Learning Beyond The Boundaries
The LBB program is a step to
further initiate learning enhancement in students and as the name suggests take
it to an open forum which is beyond boundaries. It opens a whole new world of
learning where students develop soft life skills. The program draws inspiration
from the four pillars of Moral Education adopted by the UAE. To build depth of
character, the Moral Education classes are conducted during LBB.
The second and the third pillars provide the base for development of soft skills which include skills like table manners folding clothes, cooking without fire, the art of positive communication, cleanliness and hygiene. The fourth pillar inspires us to include yoga, aerobics into our school activity curriculum for a healthy living. In a healthy body lives a healthy mind, thus taking the initiative to take charge of preparing a generation equipped with life skills for the future.
Foldables in Notebooks
The students use foldable in various shapes and use it to take notes, record important points, to do a recap of the lesson or to summarize the learning of the lesson taught. It engages students in learning, bringing out their creative side.
MAD time: Make A Difference Time
Every day, teachers make a
difference. Teaching goes beyond the classroom, beyond instructions, and beyond
the love of words. Children need to belong and to be loved. Each student needs
to know he or she is important and that he or she has something to contribute.
We show kids that they all have unique strengths and talents and that each
student, no matter his strengths or talents, has value. We have the practice of
keeping 10 minutes aside everyday morning to Make A Difference in the lives of
our children. The class teacher, co-class teacher and the students of each
class are close knit as a family. The MAD time in the morning is used to
exchange pleasantries, to encourage the shy ones to speak up, to discuss about
current affairs-UAE and the world, to talk about the highlights of the week and
even to conduct class courts to solve minor disputes in the class. TPT is also
conducted during MAD time. It gives a sense of love, belongingness, awareness
and fairness to the ones involved.
Flipped Classroom uses class time
to do activities/lessons usually through video. Basically, it turns a classroom
upside down: the learning of a topic is done at home and then the applied
practice or work is done at school. The students are provided with an entry
ticket to class after completing their homework. This practice proves a s a
very good attempt for individual learning and peer learning.
1.Students have more control
2.It promotes student-centered learning and collaboration
3.Forced participation by all students.