At SMSISJ, the learning is student oriented. The student is at the core of all the activities and events designed as a part of curricular and co- curricular syllabus. Learning by doing is emphasised at all grade levels. Active involvement and participation of the students is ensured through well planned and well thought of strategies employed in the classroom. Teacher is a facilitator of students learning. Each student's learning style is catered to incorporating the Multiple Intelligence Activities.
Project based learning is another feature of student oriented learning. Students are encouraged to author novels right from grade V.
Students are exposed to the complex world through Model United Nations. International projects like Eumind (Europe meets India) gives students a platform to connect with students from different countries by working on common projects.
Learning outside the classroom through field trips, games, debates, leadership and adventure camps, long tours and on field surveys help students to relate concepts learnt in the classroom to real life experiences.
'If we teach today's students how we taught yesterday's students we rob them of future.' At SM Shetty International School and Junior College is at the heart of anything and everything we do. They deserve the best of all to achieve their maximum potential. Among the major factors that contribute to high quality student learning is quality of teaching. However, teaching in a 21st century classroom is not an easy job, rather it is becoming more and more challenging with each passing day. Today's teachers are preparing the students for challenges of unknown and unpredictable tomorrow. The classroom is no longer a place where the teacher transfers her knowledge to the students. Instead it is a place that accommodates students with diverse learning needs and learning pace. The information revolution has made data available in abundance. The need of the hour is to transfer right skills among students to process the information using critical and analytical thinking in order to construct knowledge and design creative solutions. For a teacher to be relevant in today's education system, learning to learn, unlearn and relearn are the most essential attributes. Improving quality of student learning is the ultimate goal as we have to nurture aware, committed, responsible, compassionate and happy members for tomorrow's society. John Dewey 'Student learning' The paradigm shift in the classroom scenario from teacher being the giver of knowledge and student being the receiver to teacher facilitating and guiding students in their quest for knowledge and generating ideas has created the necessity to have a comprehensive professional development program for teachers to equip them to address needs of changing classrooms of the 21st century. Continuous Teacher Professional Development also serves as a platform for teachers to collaborate with their peers thereby keeping them updated on the current trends in education. Communication, collaboration and cooperation are very important parts of Professional Development for teachers. If we want students to take action to solve problems and achieve sustainable growth in future we as teachers need to take action and acquire new skills of teaching today. With this objective in mind we have launched Cambridge Teacher Training Centre offering Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications; Cambridge International Certificate and Diploma in Teaching and Learning as we firmly believe that one enlightened teacher can inspire generations of learners
EMBEDDING CORE SKILLS IN EVERYDAY CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
In the month of January, 2016 our Principal and three of our teachers attended the Core skills Training conducted in Mumbai. The training offered 2 core skills â€“ a.) Student Leadership and Personal Development and b.) Critical Thinking and Problem solving. We attended the one day introductory workshop to the core skills and a two day extended training with a specialised area of the core skills. Teachers were exposed to some specialized activities and strategies that would help embed core skills which the teachers were to implement in their classroom.
The 'reflection' session, in the month of April 2016, witnessed the teachers pouring in their experiences from the classroom to the workshop on implementation of the core skills. It was a day of collaboration of various teaching- learning experiences brought under a roof. After the selection of our teachers at the Zonal level, we decided to have a school wide implementation of these core skills. To implement core skills across grades we devised a plan and formed a core skills group within the school to supervise the implementation of strategies and analyse the effectiveness of the implemented strategy. A regular follow- up happens to ensure smooth and regular implementation of these skills in the classroom. Today in this fast paced world we need to go beyond the regular teaching methods to help our students develop a competitive edge over the others. It is necessary to make them take initiative, lead and if possible design activities so that they become more actively involved in the learning process. Enquiry based learning will involve and engage the learners into learning and then applying the concepts learnt in real life situations. By developing core skills among learners our objective is to embed some personal skills like communication, reasoning, analysis, critical thinking, decision making problem solving; some social skills like inspiring and appreciating each other and learning from each other; and certain other skills that would benefit the entire world like application, research, understanding global interdependence etc. Adding a colourful feather to the cap of core skills, an opportunity came our way where in we were selected by the British Council to present our papers at The British Council's annual Teacher Conference at New Delhi, on 30th Nov and 1st Dec 2016. The conference aimed at 'Learning for a Sustainable Future' and was graced by the presence of the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia. The conference saw an ensemble of teachers from all over India and from the United Kingdom. We were able to share our experiences and learnings, teaching strategies and views on core skills. Connecting the classrooms across borders, the partnering schools presented their journey through their partnerships. It has inspired a lot many schools to join hands internationally and learn from each other. The conference served as a platform bringing in opportunities of learning and connecting with each other. The theme of the conference would have lost discernment without 'Inclusive Education'. A very informative session on Inclusive Education was conducted by Ms. Susan Douglas. The need to develop core skills among learners and aim for sustainable development through education is to pave our way towards a happy and content world, to cultivate a generation that is more aware and sensitive.
Aparna Das / Aditi Basu - Faculty
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