Methodology

Methodology

Constructivism

Constructivism is a theory  based on observation and scientific study — about how people learn. It says that people construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences.

In general, constructivism tends to be more holistic and less mechanistic than traditional information-processing theories

Constructivist Learning occurs only when the learner is actively involved in the process of acquiring knowledge with proper understanding of its concept. Constructivist teaching fosters critical thinking, and creates motivated and independent learners. This concept believes that learning is always built upon knowledge that a student already knows.

Hence our aim is to help all the young budding curious minds out there to bring out their creative ideas, share them and learn things the right way.

 

Our CORE Principles

  • Knowledge should be discovered as an integrated whole
  • Learning is interactive, building on what the student already knows
  • Pursuit of student questions and interests is valued.
  • Engaging and challenging the learner.
  • We child-centered, rather than curriculum based.
  • We focuses on knowledge construction, not knowledge reproduction.
  • The ideas and interests of children drive the learning process,
  • Teachers are flexible- they are the facilitator
  • Learning is active rather than passive,
  • A  focus on student-centered learning may well be the most important core principle.

 

OUR PRACTICE

Curriculum – We have completely eliminated the use of a standardized curriculum. Instead, we promote using curricula customized to the students’ prior knowledge. Also, we emphasize hands-on problem solving.

Instruction – At live Science educators focus on making connections between facts and fostering new understanding in students. Instructors tailor their teaching strategies to student responses and encourage students to analyze, interpret, and predict information. Teachers also rely heavily on open-ended questions and promote extensive dialogue among students.

Assessment – We also call for the elimination of grades and standardized testing. Instead, assessment becomes part of the learning process so that students play a larger role in judging their own progress.

In our classrooms we allow students to construct knowledge through hands-on experiences, instead of the traditional rote learning by memorization.

We believe that children are eager to explore the world around them. It is critical that students are encouraged to ask open-ended questions and to elaborate on responses from other students in the class.