The Indian School of Excellence focuses its efforts on delivering the curriculum through the Creative Teaching Model developed jointly by experts in education and visionaries who are part of the advisory board at the ISE.
Principles that guide this model of teaching are:
- Ask more How and Why Questions related to a concept.
- Encourage think time while formulating answers to questions.
- Probe multiple perspectives while thinking about an idea.
- Elicit responses related to the five senses while observing a phenomena.
- Narrate incidents to engage learners in value based discussion.
- Use time out when ideas are not fruitful and class is likely to be disturbed.
- Use mental imagery to create scene while teaching history.
- Create a graffiti wall to summarize.
- While narrating a story, dress in the costume of a character to create a lasting impression.
- Vary your tone & accent while narrating a story.
- Create a song on Science concepts based on rhymes.
- Use the emotional barometers to check the mood of children and re-focus attention.
- Create a story corner in the classroom with toys to get children involved.
Caters to the senses -visual, touch, smell, sound and taste – the need to understand that teaching has to appeal to the learners. The classroom teaching involves many aids which appeal to the five senses and also cater to the preferred learning styles of the students. It also encourages students to be physically involved in a task. The energy levels of the students are be tapped and utilized in focusing attention to a task. The teacher uses games, puzzles, hands on techniques like role plays and manipulatives to develop the gross motor and the fine motor skills.
Feelings – No learning happens without the appeal to emotions. All learning will be packaged with emotions of being a leader, an involved learner and the need to be motivated, enthusiastic, positive in all one undertakes. The teacher is passionate, enthusiastic and leads an inquiry into all aspects of learning. The teacher reaches the brain of the learner through the heart. This leads concepts to being retained for a longer time as the heart does not tire easily while the brain does. The teacher establishes rapport, uses appreciative inquiry and adopt the fair and equitable classroom management practices. The classroom instruction materials include biographical sketches, inspirational stories, role plays, surveys and case studies which stir the emotions of the child and get them interested in what they are doing.
A critical thinker being one with an ability to learn, unlearn and relearn is at the heart of 21st century education philosophy . Building the intellectual capacities of young minds with its branches in analytical ability, critical thinking and problem solving skills is addressed in this domain. It is important for a teacher to stimulate curiosity and allow the learner to explore it in their way. The ability to look for options and think outside the box is a critical prerequisite in today’s world. The teaching methods used are presentations, projects, quizzes and use of technology in the form of animations, games and videos.
The value disposition of a student is of vital significance in their progression as a leader. The focus is on the personal value system and values that once developed are good for the individual and the society in general. Values are not preached but identified and demonstrated through activities and discussions. Every lesson with the first task being to identify the values in it. The affective domain will be developed to ensure that the learner realizes the greater significance of what is taught.