Teaching Pedagogy

Pedagogy is the art (and science) of teaching. Effective teachers use an array of teaching strategies because there is no single, universal approach that suits all situations. Multiple strategies used in the right combination with different groups of students, improve their learning outcomes. Use of appropriate teaching Pedagogy makes a teacher adapt the roles of facilitator, mentor, guide, advocate, manager and many more. Research on teaching and learning shows that quality pedagogy is the main factor behind improving students learning outcome.

Teaching pedagogy is often shaped through teacher's own experience of learning; predominantly transferring knowledge. This approach does not suffice in building up skills for the 21st century in students, like critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. Continuous teacher education and widening their knowledge continuum can address this issue and make way for use of different teaching pedagogies in classrooms.

"A teacher must be anchored in pedagogy and blend imagination, creativity and inspiration into the teaching learning process to ignite a passion for learning in student".

- Peyton Williams

Integrated Learning

Making connections across subjects and integrating them towards a particular theme is Integrated Learning theory. The integrated learning approach presents opportunities for students to explore, to research and study in detail, a particular topic. Integrated learning encourages students to see the interconnectedness and interrelationships between the curriculum areas. Rather than focusing on learning in isolated curriculum areas, an integrated program is based on skill development around a particular theme that is relevant to the children in the class.

The workshop on Integrated Learning introduces the methodology of integrating subjects according to the theme. It also guides teachers with strategies and techniques to execute the integrated learning in their classroom with ease and confidence. Using an integrated approach in classrooms enhances the abilities of students to research about a particular topic in detail and analyse the outcomes.

Inquiry Based Approach

Inquiry based learning is a student centric approach. Complementary to integrated Learning, this methodology lets students explore problems or situations, by focusing on asking questions and seeking knowledge. "Inquiry based learning" builds on the prior knowledge of students and further constitutes new learnings. This approach makes students involved in their learning and gives them the freedom to learn according to their choices.

Inquiry based approach workshop is developed for teachers to become facilitators. The role of the teacher in this approach is to facilitate the learning and create an environment for the same. The workshop changes the role of the teachers from knowledge conveyors to knowledge facilitators. The students become inquisitive, involved and more aware.

Differentiated Instruction

Every child in this world is unique. Students in the classroom need to be taught according to their learning needs. Teaching according to the students learning needs is known as Differentiated Instruction. Due to the increase in diversity in classrooms, be it linguistic or cognitive, schools have started welcoming differentiated instruction pedagogy into classrooms. Differentiated instruction ensures maximizing students' academic growth at their own level.

The Differentiated Instruction workshop focuses on guiding teachers on methods to incorporate differentiated instruction in classrooms. It gives a detailed study on ways to differentiate instruction on the basis of content, process, product or learning environment. The use of differentiated instruction in classrooms escalates student's learnings and heightens their success ratio.

Project Approach

The Project Approach, a specific kind of project-based learning, brings a number of advantages to any classroom and represents best practices in 21st-century education. Project approach has a complex but flexible framework within which teaching and learning are seen as interactive processes. When teachers implement the Approach successfully, students feel highly motivated and actively involved in their own learning, leading them to produce high-quality work and to grow as individuals and collaborators.

The Project Approach workshop is an introduction to the methodology of project approach and the guidelines to use it in the classrooms. It discusses in detail with teachers, the projects done at various schools and the methods followed. Implementation of project approach methodology in classrooms motivates students' to learn independently, ask questions and learn in-depth about any given topic.

Constructivist Approach

Based on the theory that 'knowledge can be constructed through one's learning experience and not acquired'. Constructivist approach makes students active learners as they get to solve real life authentic problems. The constructivist approach extensively uses problem solving and critical thinking skills to engage students. Constructivist approach believes that learners must be question, manipulate and transform information, to understand it deeply.

The Constructivist Approach workshop introduces teachers to the concept of spiral learning. It guides teachers with the nuances of the approach and its implementation in classrooms. Constructivist approach teaches students to make real world connections. This helps students relate information learnt in classrooms to their lives.