Middle Stage Activities
Deeper Learning: An Innovative Methodology of Teaching
LNS believes in adopting various modes of learning to make students self directed and lifelong learners
Deeper Learning is a self learning strategy where learners adopt an academic mindset to be lifelong learners
It allows students to apply what is learnt from one situation to another
When engaged in Deeper Learning, students think critically and communicate and work with others effectively across all subjects
Deeper Learning fosters learning across disciplines so that students understand the connection between academics and the world in which they live in and will work some day
Deeper Learning promotes the qualities students need for success by building complex understanding and meaning rather than focusing on the learning of superficial knowledge that can today be gleaned through search engines
Deeper Learning instruction provides students with the advanced skills necessary to deal with a world in which good jobs are becoming more cognitively demanding
It prepares them to be curious, continuous, independent learners as well as thoughtful, productive, active citizens in a democratic society
Deeper Learning Activities in LNS
Deeper Learning activities at LNS are implemented from class IV-X
These activities focus on in-depth teaching and learning of a given topic
The focus of Deeper Learning in LNS is on Math – shapes, area, perimeter, properties, relationships etc.
Students are taught to fold, cut, cut and draw shapes and figures
Each shape is explained from the basic to the complex
Gamification and free hand drawing skills are a part of Deeper Learning
Emphasis on Goal Setting for Students at Lotus National School
Life without a goal is like traveling without a destination. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into visible and a way to find and fulfill one’s ambitions. Goals motivate students to aim for things that were never thought possible.
Planning to set goals from a very young age will ensure that students achieve smaller goals on a regular basis.
All students have goals, be it academics, sports or personal goals. Children with goals fare better than the ones who have none.
A simple question like, “What would you like to be when you grow up?”, marks the beginning of setting goals, as it sets one thinking about the future.
Goal achievement requires a committed, concentrated and consistent work ethic to make ones dreams a reality.
Goal setting is a process. One need to get started with right frame of mind with thinking, planning and taking actions in order to achieve results. The process of writing ones goals helps clarify what one desire to do, understand, the importance of pursuing them and commit oneself to make them happen,
How to get started?
Start the process by looking for ways
Discuss the steps to take, plan that is needed with your peers, teachers and parents
Always set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound
To start with ,think of a goal that will be achievable in a short time. You study for 30 minutes every day. Set a goal of increasing your study time by another 20 minutes. You will be surprised how much you could achieve in these extra 20 minutes
Prepare a start chart where you can monitor the progress each day and how close you are to achieving the set goal.
Finally, ensure that you achieve the goal
This is a small goal but you accomplished it. Write this on a piece of paper. You could stick a picture of the goal, and place it up on the wall where it can be used as a reminder and seen every day.
Talk about how good it feels to accomplish something that you’ve worked toward. Then, discuss how these same techniques can be used to meet other challenges.
This success will definitely encourage you to set further bigger goals
Finally talk about your success and celebrate . You have made a good beginning
Student Learning Portfolio (SLP) to Develop Individual Work
SLP is a compilation of work done by students individually
Students need to plan, execute and maintain a record of the work done by them individually
S L P is a systematic record of individual student work that will develop skill sets to make them self driven learners
This helps the students, their parents and the teachers to assess the work/ learning of the students in a comprehensive and continuous manner
It is an approach that emphasizes the relevance of what is being learnt in the school to the real world
Students take own decisions that results in self regulated learning and creativity
It leads to motivation and increases the awareness of individual limitations and potential
Teachers guide the student to improve their skills. They evaluate the assignment and record the grades in the SLP
Planning for the SLP needs commitment and devotion because the work produced by the students carries weight for their final result
SLP help the students to
Develop research and reference skills
Develop resource management and resource conserving skills
Learn how to make an artistic and meaningful presentation
Collect and coordinate all the material in a systematic and organized manner
Maintain a record of the process of doing the special assignment
SLP helps in developing academic skills, life skills, social skills, emotional skills, spiritual values and students become self reliance learners.
Help develop appreciation skills and acknowledge the help rendered by other to carry out the task
Sports and Games Activities in Lotus National School
Lotus National School strongly advocates the adage “A healthy mind in a healthy body” – physical health is a must for mental alertness.
It is therefore imperative to introduce physical and health education in educational institutions at an early stage to inculcate the importance of physical activity and it’s positive outcomes.
It has been internationally and nationally recognized since long that if the schools and colleges provide outlet for the youth in a constructive and healthy manner through sports and games, youths will not get into the habit of idling and get involved in anti social behaviors.
Physical activities like sports and games helps a child keep active and focused and improve self esteem
In addition to participating in Physical activities students learn fundamentals of healthy lifestyle and fit youth.
Sports and games contribute to improve academic performance.
Lotus National School imparts regular physical activity at each stage of learning to facilitate higher concentration levels.
Quality physical education programs in LNS help indeveloping motor skills, physical fitness and understanding of concepts that foster lifelong healthy lifestyles.
It also helps students to make informed choices and understand the value of leading a physically active lifestyle.
The healthy, physically active LNS students are academically motivated, alert and successful
Even more importantly, active participation in games and sports fosters the attitude of sportsmanship, fairness and team spirit among LNS students
Physical Education at the Foundation Stage (Pre-Primary –Class II) and Preparatory Stage (classes III-V)
Physical education is thus the basis for developing, expanding, and refining the children’s range of motor skills and awareness. Physical education program at this level aims at developing fundamental locomotion, non-locomotion and manipulative skills through educational games, dance, physical exercise etc
The foundation in motor skills established during the early education years enhances the children’s social, cognitive and physical development and increases the likelihood of continued interest and participation in physical activities.
Physical education in the Middle Stage (classes VI-VIII):
At this level, the LNS physical education program emphasized on the application of the fundamentals learnt during the Foundation and Preparatory Stage.
Students are capable of refining, combining and applying several sport-related and lifetime skills. Rapid growth during the pre-adolescent stage may affect student interests, choices and activity patterns. Therefore, a wider range of physical and sport activities are offered to meet and expand student interests. This includes traditional sports like Kho Kho and Kabaddi. Cricket, basket ball, throw ball, tennicoit, chess, archery etc. are also offered. Other activities focusing on physical well being include yoga, swimming and zumba.
Physical Education at the Secondary Stage (classes IX-X) and Beyond
As the students grow older, they become increasingly more independent, their lives are more diversified and complex. Physical education is important at this stage in refining skills and knowledge of physical activities which they should be able to use throughout their lives.
Multi- Dimensional Assessment in Lotus National School
Assessment is the process of evidence collection of a student’s competence level through range of methods – tests, observations, interviews, assignments and professional discussions etc.
Assessment should transform student development and must test core concepts and skills along with Higher Order Thinking Skills or HOTS.
Assessment provides teachers and learners with insight into student errors and misconceptions and help lead the teacher directly to action.
The purpose of assessment is to empower the learner to discover what he or she knows and to provide a starting point for future education
Lotus National School adopts a continuous and Multi-Dimensional Model of assessment to measure student development rather than content transfer.
Assessment is designed keeping in mind the class level, time, difficulty level and how the possible results will be used.
Assessment tools like checklists, quiz, pen and paper test, Student Learning Portfolio (SLP), Reading Comprehension Assessment (RCA), Project based learning, assignments, rubrics, etc are used to assess the student learning outcomes.
These tools will help teachers to outline the scope of assessment, how to administer assessments, how to measure results, getting feedback from various stakeholders, what to do with feedback, who to share the feedback with and how to evaluate the assessment process for improvement.
Suggested action steps are taken after assessment for each student in the various aspects of the assessment process
STEAM Education in Lotus National School – Tie and Dye
• Lotus National School has implemented the STEAM curriculum to improve competitiveness in development of science and technology and motivate the learners towards experiential learning.
• STEAM is a pedagogical approach that rains the students in 5 disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
• The Art element helps students improve the design, appearance, and usability of a product created through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, thus generating more creative and innovative thinking
• Lotus National School has integrated Tie and Dye- a traditional art of designing, under STEAM education.
• Through this art the students are equipped with the 21st century skills and life skills.
• Tie and dye is one of the most widely accepted and one of the very traditional methods of printing textiles.
• This art of colouring the fabric is more prevalent in different parts of the world.
• It is achieved by knotting, binding, folding or sewing certain parts of the cloth in such a way that the dye cannot penetrate into these areas when the cloth is dyed.
• Even with the advent of trendy fashions in the textile and garment industry, there is still a lot of demand for the bright and colourful patterns of the tie and dyed fabrics.
• We can bring the magic of tie-dye into our art room with ease.
Applied Learning Activities (ALA) at LNS for sector exposure and employability skills
A flexible combination of Applied Learning with core subjects, elective subjects and other learning experiences helps provide students with holistic learning.
Applied Learning aims to enable students to understand fundamental theories and concepts, develop their beginners’ skill set, job-related competencies and generic skills.
Applied Learning is an approach that emphasizes the relevance of what is being learnt in the class with the real world situations, improving students’ motivation and commitment
It help students make connection between what they learn in school and how that knowledge is used for real life purposes both in school and out of school.
It provides a context for learning generic skills that are important in the work place and real – life application
ALA focus on learning and applying the knowledge and skills needed, to solve a problem, implement a project or participate in the world of work.
Exposure to industry related activities will facilitates development of sectoral skills among skills and help smooth transition from school to work/ further studies
Implementation process of Applied Learning Activities in Lotus National School
A thirty- week applied learning activities program for classes I – X is planned with an aim to expose students to priority sectors of India with a focus on developing employability skills right from a young age.
1. The activities are designed based on class levels
2. Each activity is planned for a period of two weeks
3. Teachers are free to add more activities, if time permits
4. The new activities added by the teachers are documented for future use
5. After every two weeks, a report of completion and the behavioral outcome of students is reviewed
6. Teachers guide the students towards developing the various skills through Applied Learning
7. Teachers document the skills developed by the each student
Encouraging Individualized Learning Style at LNS
Learning style refers to the preferential way in which the students absorb, process, comprehend and retain information.
Style of learning is as important as intellectual ability. Individualized learning style refers to the style of learning of an individual.
It allows students to learn at their own pace. Student exhibit their own learning styles: some learn better by observing, some by listening and some by doing. Students are more motivated to perform better in activities that match their learning styles.
Students generally fair better in their tasks when it suits their thinking and learning style.
It is important for both the teachers and parents to be aware of every child’s learning style in order to take advantage of opportunities for student learning.
Knowing their learning style helps students to be more productive, increases achievement; makes learn effective; they make better decisions, plan and organize learning etc
Encouraging Individualized learning will help students to become independent and self directed learners
Individualized learning tools used in LNS include Audio Tutorials, Computer / tab associated learning, use of slate etc.
Classroom Transactions in Lotus National School
Education, knowledge, skills and productivity of the growing and dynamic workforce forms the backbone of the Indian economy.
To reap the benefits of young workforce, well designed pedagogical methods that are interactive and participatory are needed to enable the learners to apply appropriate skills in specific contexts
The need of the hour is to adopt a paradigm shift in the approach to learning and make every learning experience learner centered
Effective classroom transaction ensure sustained and active engagement of every student
Learner centered classroom and using modern technology are the twin challenges that have driven all education professionals to adopt various strategies for effective teaching-learning process and to ensure effective student learning outcomes
Effective hands-on classroom activities ensure students active participation and involvement
Providing students an environment and opportunity for experiential learning motivates children to be creative and innovative.
Lotus National School has designed a number of unique classroom transaction methods in order to make learning relevant and meaningful.
The pedagogy adopted are geared towards developing a gamut of skills towards developing employability skills and to be a lifelong learner
LNS adopts transactions like Applied Learning, group work, Activity based teaching, Project based teaching and learning, Debates, Discussions, Student Learning Portfolio, School Experience for the Development of Skill Sets, Class Room Display, Cursive writing etc.
Art- Integrated Education
Art Integrated learning is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the performing arts with school subjects
Integrating art education facilitates appreciation of art. This integrated approach not only makes learning joyful but it also lends itself to students imbibing a greater appreciation and understanding of art forms. This also helps students construct and demonstrate understanding of the subject through art forms
When art is integrated with education it helps the child to apply art- based enquiry, investigation, exploration, critical thinking and creativity for deeper understanding of concepts and topics
All disciples being pursued by students at all learning stages require creative thinking and problem solving,
Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
Integrating art with everyday classroom learning broadens the mind and enables students to link their classroom learning with real life situations. Art integrated learning is a strong contender for experiential learning, which makes learning a joyful process
It has a positive impact on the development of certain life skills such as communication skills, decision making, problem solving, enquiry leading to higher confidence levels, self esteem and appreciation for arts
The Art element includes liberal arts, music, design thinking, language arts etc that are critical components in innovation.
It is important to incorporate wherever appropriate the artistic and design related skills and thinking process to student learning
Those who can appreciate art are creatively inclined. Art integration empowers creativities and promotes collaboration across the disciplines.
The introduction of art integration paves way to challenge learners at all levels
Art education connects students with their own culture as well as with the wider world.
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