- The present day education systems, especially in developing and underdeveloped countries need drastic changes in their approaches.
- The best mode of learning in 21st century is self learning and activities based learning.
- Blooms taxonomy need to be considered for monitoring the child’s progress in skills acquisition
- Incremental learning process is one of the best ways to acquire knowledge.
Our learning model: It has ten levels of learning spread over a period of ten years. A child who joins the learning system at the age of 8 years is expected to complete all the modules by the age of 18 years.
We have identified four essential skills that help a human being to progress and prosper in life. They are:
- Communication skills
- Creative thinking skills
- Critical reasoning skills
- Life skills (including team working etc.)
- At each level child will be provided with self-learning CDs (approximately one per month).
- Each CD will cover the exercises in all the four above mentioned skill areas.
- Child will attend one weekly class (duration about one hour), conducted by a certified trainer. Trainer’s role will be more of facilitator, motivator and monitor. During a week one of the skills learnt by him/ her in the previous week will be put to practice by the child in school studies. The trainer will assist the child through the discussion on how successfully has the child been able to put to practice the skill, he/ she has learnt.
TDM-Level I consists of the following:
- Creative thinking
We have based our curriculum on the works of Dr. Robert Alan Black’s 32 Traits and twenty from Dr. E. Paul Torrance (based on his 50 years work from the TTCT = Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking). At each level we propose covering five of these traits and in ninth and tenth level we propose covering six of these traits as follows:
Level one: Covers skills related to
- Breakthrough from Current Limits
- Change of Context (cross-interpretation)
- Combination of Ideas/Facts (Synthesis)
- Critical reasoning: During first three levels following aspects will be discussed and focused on through exercises. The entire approach will be activities based.
- The Basics
- Parts of an Argument
- Statements and Conversions
- Universal Statements
- Vagueness and Ambiguity
- Premises, Conclusions, and Support
- Inference Identifiers
- Validity, Truth, and Soundness
- Basic Relations
- Conjunctions and Disjunctions
This module will cover four basic areas. Each area will be divided into 10 levels of learning (one for each level of Progressive learning system). Again the entire focus will be on activity based learning. This section offers ample opportunity to integrate the skills developed in creative thinking and critical reasoning areas during the program. This will be taken care of while developing the activity exercises.
By the end of fourth level, children will be able to communicate effectively in English as a result of their development in the following areas:
1. Listen, read and view critically and with accuracy, understanding and appreciation a wide range of literary and informational/ functional texts from print and non-print sources.
In the course of listening, reading and viewing widely a range of multimodal texts and text forms, children will gain a better understanding of our cultural values and National Education themes, and engage in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), where applicable.
2. Speak, write and represent in internationally acceptable English (Standard English) that is grammatical, fluent, mutually intelligible and appropriate for different purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures.
Children will speak, write and represent for creative, personal, academic and functional purposes by using language in a sustained manner (e.g., in speech and writing) and by representing their ideas in a range of multi-modal texts and text forms. Our most able children will do so with increasing ease and inventiveness at higher levels of proficiency.
Brief synopsis of the coverage in each area is given below:
- Level I will focus on before, during and after reading activities and introducing the child to reading habits.
Skills to demonstrate a command of the conventions of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, usage, and sentence structure Skills that help in revising and editing a written piece, skills relating to organizing the written passage, skills related to writing good sentences, before, during and after writing activities, Structure and Clarity, Style, Tone, Grammar, Functions, Cohesion, Using Plain English,
The parts of grammar applied in real life situations through activity based exercises. The confusions that the grammatical errors can cause in conveying the ideas. Hands on grammar exercises to understand the salient features of grammar.
Level I will focus on:
- Capital Letters
- Small Letters
(a) Assertive Sentences
(b) Interrogative Sentences
(c) Imperative Sentences
(d) Exclamatory Sentences
- Subject and Predicate
(a) Noun Phrases
(b) Adjectival Phrases
(c) Adverbial Phrases
(a) The Main Clause
(b) The Subordinate Clause
(1) The Noun Clause
(2) The Adjective Clause
(3) The Adverb Clause
- Parts of Speech
Enhancing presentation skills, recitation skills, debates skills, addressing a large audience skills, diction, pronunciation skills etc.
- Bakers’ Dozen module
This will offer all the miscellaneous items that help a child to effectively progress in life (like brain work outs, inspirational articles, general knowledge topics, science, math, social studies aspects, civic, citizen responsibilities, character building. This module will focus on integrating the skills developed in other three modules plus the skills learnt during academic studies. It will play a critical role in enhancing child’s grade at academics.
We believe that constant motivation, and inspiring the child through rewards is very important when the child is self learning. That is why we like to introduce the element of competition at every level.