A ‘Living Curriculum’
The NiBS curriculum is designed as an interactive, innovative and flexible plan for progress. Optimally balancing the findings of pedagogical research with the imperatives emerging from our vision, mission and core beliefs, it is structured in accordance with the following key objectives and pathways to learning.
- Individualized attention for each child
- A focus on holistic or all-round development
- A contextualized life-skills approach
- A lifelong commitment to‘learning to learn’
- Value-based education
Our Learning Pathway
Differentiated Instruction and the Multiple Intelligences Theory
At the Nirmal Bhartia School, we recognize that all children learn in their own unique ways, and that these differences are based on varied factors such as their readiness to learn, interests, and learning profile.
The Multiple Intelligences Theory elucidated by Professor Howard Gardner of Harvard University
gives us a powerful insight into the learning profile of a child. It explains that in addition to the traditionally emphasized linguistic and logico-mathematical intelligences, there are many alternative intelligences that children employ in their learning, for example, the kinesthetic, musical, visual-spatial, naturalistic, interpersonal or intrapersonal.
At NiBs, our Differentiated Instruction methods and strategies, both incorporate and go beyond Multiple Intelligence insights to help each child become more aware of his/her leanings, preferences for learning and areas of strength.
Once children learn to appreciate their own strengths and differences, collaborative learning methods help them put their knowledge and skills together to work towards common goals. They go beyond merely sitting together at group tables, to imbibing a genuine sense of joint responsibility and accountability – all for one and one for all! The team spirit thus evoked teaches them the valuable lesson that in order to be true winners in life, it is far more important to have faith in and draw strength from one’s peers than try to defeat them.
Integrated Project Based Learning
Once children learn to work together, it becomes easy for them to use their combined strengths to actually address and resolve issues of real-world significance. They become better able to make things happen. Integrated Project Based study enables them to bring together diverse perspectives in addition to the purely theoretical, for e.g. the feasible, logistical, political, cultural and comparative, as they attempt to address problems that have no easy answers – for example, global warming or the saving of endangered species. Practiced through thematic methods and interdisciplinary research based approaches, it encourages children to transcend narrow theoretical boundaries and develop an authentic, all-round framework.