Because making a choice is always a political decision. And when systems do not allow for that to happen, no amount of agency building exercise will be fruitful.
Our programs and processes have been built upon the vision of enabling self-learners.
Self-learning is a process by which the learner takes charge of her learning journey. This manifests in the form of choosing what to learn, when to learn, from whom, how, and to what extent. While the self in self-learning may sound like everything is dependent on the individual, it is not a lonely activity. The emphasis on self emerges from the need for placing the agency of choice-making in the hands of the learner as opposed to a system or an institution determining the best pathway for an individual to achieve their goals.
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Meaningful teaching boils down to keeping it simple and harnessing your passion, shares Training Coordinator and former facilitator, Rohan J
Facilitation is an art which adds value to the traditional teaching and lecturing process, like adding sugar to milk. Effective facilitation can bring a very positive vibe to the learning ecosystem, which can enhance cooperation and collaboration, and thus bringing synergy to the entire teaching-learning process. Facilitation brings a deeper meaning in this 21st Century classroom framework which is driven by emotions, technology, peer learning and the internet of things. But how can you master this much-needed skill to harness the maximum potential of teaching?
Developed through nine years of my teaching/facilitation career and a further six months working as a MasterCoach Training Coordinator at Quest Alliance, here are some tricks of the trade:
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What does it take to be an impactful facilitator? Nuneseno Chase writes about being an an instructor, counsellor, friend, mentor, administrator … but always a learner.
Over the years as a facilitator, I’ve discovered that learners have different characteristics, different learning capabilities, different reaction times, different attitudes, values, interests, motivations and personalities. I need to be aware of these differences and adjust my pedagogy and learning environment accordingly.
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Riverside School teachers Neena Mehta, Jahnavi Mehta, Mira Thomas & Ranjhani Iyer take us on a walk around the school campus in Ahmedabad, sharing the unique pedagogy of one of India’s most successful schools, and discussing the value of alternative education models.
The Riverside School has been demonstrating a child-centred learning model since its inception in 2001. Built on the principle of putting common sense to common practice it creates a nurturing environment in which every child can thrive. As a sector focussed on learning and creating environments that facilitate learning, we have a lot to learn from Riverside’s 15 years of experience. Continue reading “A Growth Mindset at The Riverside School”