“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein
Imagination is critical in child development as it fosters cognitive and social development. It is the door to possibilities. As firm advocators of this ideology, we are constantly striving to foster tinkering and creative thinking in all our learners. Keeping up with the changing scenario of education, we believe in developing active and imaginative individuals out of all our students. For this, together we have reimagined learning at Prometheus!
With the growing advancement in every field, educators all around the world have also witnessed a transformation in the way children learn and develop. There has been an increasing focus on a more inquiry-based learning methodology and a need to move away from traditional teaching techniques, resulting in the holistic development of the child. I am extremely glad to be a part of this changing scenario which emphasizes on the importance of play in PYP enhancement this year. My philosophy resonates deeply with the words of Vince Gowmon, “When we make play the foundation of learning, we teach the whole child.” As an educator, I have not only observed but also realized the importance of play as an essential tool to facilitate learning in classroom.
Children learn best through play. It is the highest form of research leading to exploration, curiosity, investigation, experimentation and discovery. Play engages the brain in ways which several traditional methods of rote memorization and workbooks do not. The essence of play-based learning resides in the fact that it provides a platform for student voice and choice by harnessing their creative energy, resulting in a positive form of creative expression. Play being an instrumental tool for learning not only facilitates socialization wherein the child learns key 21st century skills such as team work, negotiation with peers, problem solving and improvisation but also provides the child with a sense of agency and ownership.
We aim to provide our students with a conducive environment preparing them for the future. We wish to provide a skill-based classroom environment where independence, thinking skills, collaboration and active learning are developed at the same time as knowledge is acquired. With my expertise and experience, I hope to successfully establish a play-based curriculum with the right resources at Prometheus.
What children learn and why? How best they learn? How age appropriate it is? How relevant it is? were some of the key questions we kept in mind while framing our curriculum. With a team of skilled and experienced teachers who understand and identify how students learn best, we will strategize our curriculum in a way that complements each child’s learning style. Taking this ideology forward and striving towards achieving our goal of providing quality education, adopting and transforming education, we are ready for our first academic year!