Learning to Learn’, an annual event at NiBS helps parents understand how our curriculum is transacted and the teaching strategies used to make learning personalized, engaging, relevant and challenging for our students.
The focus of Learning to Learn 2017 were ‘Subject-Based Sessions’ that engaged parents in interesting activities, mini-lessons and authentic learning experiences that apprised them of our approach to different disciplines and the various strategies used across classes to develop subject specific skills and competencies in our children.
The Languages Teams showcased the six skills that they focus on, namely, Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Viewing and Visual Representation Skills. Through an interactive presentation, parents were given an insight into how these are developed in children.
The teachers demonstrated that through drama and storytelling, grammar concepts and vocabulary could be introduced in exciting, imaginative and interactive ways. They also shared new initiatives like monthly vocabulary lists, annual Reading and Writing projects, establishment of English and Hindi Societies and redesigning of the curriculum to expose children to rich literature from across the world.
The Mathematics Session introduced Math as a science of all sciences and explained its relevance in our daily lives. Highlighting mathematical skills of ‘Understanding and Logical Reasoning’, ‘Methodical Working’, ‘Problem Solving’, ‘Estimation and Approximation’ and ‘Check for Reasonableness’, the math teachers created real classroom situations for the parents.
The Science faculty shared the different strategies used to develop skills of observing, sorting and classifying, measuring, drawing inferences, predicting, communicating, experimentation and logical reasoning. The presentation also included information about interesting and innovative projects made during Science Fair, learnings from field trips and exciting activities conducted during Prakriti Week.
The Social Science session focussed on the four major skills that the study of the subject hones in students: Finding Pattern and Trends in Human Behaviour, Making Sense of data, Honesty, Objectivity and Transparency, and Civic Engagement. Parents participated in a wide range of classroom activities including conducting a survey followed by representation of the collected data through a pictograph, analysis of climatic conditions and designing political cartoons.
The interactive subject based sessions helped our parents to understand how our innovative, progressive and child-centered curriculum plays an important role in developing life-long learning competencies, thinking skills and creativity in our children.