PHILOSOPHY

Our philosophy is based on progressivism, Social reconstructionism, Existentialism, Essentialism, Perrenialism.

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Progressivism, Social Reconstructionism, and Existentialism view the learner as the central focus of classroom activities. Working with student interests and needs, teachers serve as guides and facilitators in assisting students to reach their goals. The emphasis is on the future, and on preparing students to be independent-thinking adults.

  • Progressivists strive for relevant, hands-on learning.
  • Social reconstructionists want students to actively work to improve society.
  • Existentialists give students complete freedom, and complete responsibility, with regard to their education.
  • Essentialism and Perennialism give teachers the power to choose the curriculum, organize the school day, and construct classroom activities. The curriculum reinforces a predominantly universal heritage while viewing the students as vessels to be filled and disciplined in the proven strategies of the past.

  • Essentialists focus on cultural literacy.
  • Perennialists work from the Great Books.

Our Approach is based on Constructivism……

A theory -- based on observation and scientific study -- about how people learn is constructivism. It says that people construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. To do this, we must ask questions, explore, and assess what we know. We are active creators of our own knowledge.

In the classroom, the constructivist view of learning can point towards a number of different teaching practices. In the most general sense, it usually means encouraging students to use active techniques (experiments, real-world problem solving) to create more knowledge and then to reflect on and talk about what they are doing and how their understanding is changing. The teacher makes sure she understands the students' preexisting conceptions, and guides the activity to address them and then build on them.

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Learning Cycle ……….. This comes in 3 design modules:

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How to apply constructivism in a classroom???…………………………………...
Pose problems that are or will be relevant to the students.
Structure learning around essential concepts.
Applying “Big Ideas” to various subject areas.
Be aware that students’ points of view are windows into their reasoning.
Assess students learning in the context of teaching.
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