“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 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 the 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 is an instrumental tool for learning not only facilitates socialization wherein the child learns key 21st-century skills such as teamwork, 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 do children learn and why? How best do they learn? How age-appropriate it is? How relevant it is? These 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 have strategized our curriculum in a way that complements each child’s learning style. We are all set to take this ideology forward and strive towards achieving our goal of providing quality education by adopting and transforming education.
Principal- Primary School
About Aneesha Sahni
Ms. Aneesha Sahni, as the Principal of Primary School, has been associated with Prometheus school since its inception. She is a passionate educator with over 11 years of experience in primary education. Her experience has been with The Pathways School, Noida, and The British School. She is extensively trained in IBPYP to lead a school in the vision of IB. At Pathways, she was one of the founder teachers and was a part of the team that took the school through its’s PYP authorisation and evaluation process.
Although a postgraduate in Marketing and Finance, she embraced her passion for working with children and that is evident in her easy connection with children of all age groups. In addition to her teaching qualifications, she holds a South Australian certificate for teaching English as a Second Language (ELS) in a mainstream class. She has attended numerous IBPYP Category 1,2 and 3 workshops and early childhood education courses in the United Kingdom including Managing EYFS, The Ultimate Early Years Environment and Language and Literacy in Early Childhood. She is a well-known educator, workshop leader that brings in global best practices, and an exceptional trainer of Jolly Phonics. She has trained many teachers across North India.
An advocate of play-based learning and outdoor learning, Ms. Sahni continues to inspire several educators to come up with newer and more innovative strategies and practices to create conducive and welcoming learning spaces for students. Ms. Sahni’s vision is to create spaces for her learners where they can grow and develop holistically, in line with Prometheus’s vision to reimagine learning.