Sunday, July 12, 2009

Education- A foot step based on Indian culture, Just down loaded information

Anubhuti School…
Anubhooti in Education

I found this school is different in it approach and fecitlities. It is storngly believing in the basic education concept of Mahatma Gandhi and is edificed up on Indian Culture. Like ISB, Bangkok, this school will mark differently among international schools in India.
Please go through the down loaded information.

The Learning Programme

Arts and Crafts - keys to skills and knowledge
Anubhūti provides an environment for children to learn critical skills that will help them lead a meaningful life:
• To be able to make sense of unfamiliar situations and respond to them effectively:
In real life, we are constantly presented with unfamiliar situations for which we have no pre-existing solutions in hand. To be able to deal with such situations is a critical skill.
At Anubhūti, we will help the children to:
o Learn to observe carefully, probe and question, use all their senses more effectively, collect data and organise it effectively.
o Interpret their observations meaningfully and develop a consistent view of the new situation
o Integrate their interpretations with what they have already learnt, thus expanding their understanding of the world around them.
o Be open to other explanations, and test their interpretations
o These skills enable children to learn from every new experience.
o The learning processes at Anubhūti ensures that children learn Physics, Economics, Maths etc. not merely as subjects, but as laws of nature which help them make sense of their experiences. This can provide the basis for not only learning these subjects in a deep manner, but also to respond to the challenges of life in a creative and sensitive way.
• To be aware of themselves, the reasons for their behaviour and their relationship to the world around them:
A sound understanding of ourselves makes it possible for us to find the deepest sources of excellence and creativity within ourselves as well as be more effective in our dealings with the world
At Anubhūti, children will be encouraged to:
o Reflect on their experiences and find their personal responses to situations
o Discover how they can do their best in a given situation without the need for external rewards or without fear of punishments
o Discover the many different ways in which they can express themselves: through physical work and play, intellectual work, fine arts, dance, music, theatre, etc.

o Become aware of their environment. Experience the many ways in which their actions affect the environment and how, in turn, the environment influences their lives.
o Ask whether it is possible to learn to live with less, to treat the earth with respect and to minimise their impact on it
o Understand their symbiotic relationship with other living beings and technology.
• To communicate effectively with the world around them:
Good communication is fundamental to living an effective life in a society.
Anubhūti will provide an environment where children can:
o Learn different languages as a means of expressing themselves. These include not only English, Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit, but also painting, sculpture, theatre, dance and music
o Learn to listen carefully, try to understand what the others are saying and read between the lines
o Empathise and learn to find common ground with others
o Recognise that different points of view can all be correct at the same time and, therefore, deserve respect
• To learn to cooperate, live and work together:
In history, practically every significant human endeavour has been possible only when people came together to pool their abilities. In tomorrows world, the increasing demand on resources will make such cooperative behaviour even more necessary.
o Anubhūti will provide children frequent opportunities to:
o Work together, in small and large groups, on tasks which require cooperative behaviour
o Organise themselves in different ways to discover effective ways of cooperation
o Participate in the running of the school to understand how large communities organise themselves
o Develop, through such experiences, an understanding of the evolution of moral and ethical values in the society and realise why they are so important
• To create and build a work portfolio:
At Anubhūti, children work on a number of projects. They accumulate a portfolio of work done, which may include pictures, essays, art work, rubrics and assessments, presentations, testimonials, interviews, electronic and visual media, and any other tools that may have been used in the learning process. This portfolio is the primary and direct evidence of the childs learning and ability. It also serves as a record of the personal growth of the child, a memento of his/her time at the school, and a tool for career planning in due course.
• To treat the surrounding community as a significant source of learning opportunities:
A close and mutually supportive relationship with the community is vital to the achievement of our intent. This involves working on projects that are of interest to the community, enlisting the cooperation and participation of the community in such projects, working with them as sources of external feedback, etc. Children participate actively in the development of such relationship. In the development of a sense of connectedness with the outside world, such activities play an important role.
• To place importance on silence and individual introspection:
A typical school day provides for both silence and individual study in the daily routine. The ambience at Anubhūti promotes such a quietening of the mind. The residences, the library and the labs provide ample opportunity for individual work.
• To encourage the spirit of learning to live with less:
While children may be using expensive gadgets, clothing and eatables at home, the school is a place to learn whether they can do without them. We cultivate children to examine the actual need for everything they use or consume. Parents are urged to help the world become a saner place and their children more responsible by supporting this effort fully.
Classroom Sessions & Project Work

At Anubhūti, we believe that for growth to happen, learning should have a significant experiential component over and above traditional classroom instruction. This requires that the emphasis in learning is on a spirit of open and continuing inquiry, and practical work constitutes a significant fraction of the child’s total experience in school.
Accordingly, children will engage in a series of real-life projects both within the school and outside. These projects may involve, for instance, growing crops, building structures, discovering the impact of seasons on the life of a community, understanding the political and civic life of the community, learning the role that water plays in our lives, seeing at first hand the impact of plastics in our lives and of environmental degradation, tracing the historical development of various art forms of the region and conveying their observations and findings to different audiences.
Project work must blend with classroom instruction, so that there is a synergy between the two. It must require children to work with others of different age groups, so that the skills of working together are developed from force of necessity.
At present, classroom instruction is the important form of instruction in the school; but we believe in the value of project work that follows the rhythms of real life and the discipline that this instills in a child’s mind. We recognize that classroom instruction is a tried and tested methodology that provides a setting in which one learns to be systematic; one learns how to work to a plan; and, most importantly, one digests and assimilates that which has been experienced elsewhere, through the subjects one learns, and through group discussions. Accordingly, we have designed a curriculum that judiciously blends these two approaches.
Anubhūti has built up a well-stocked library containing books of fiction, reference books and books of general interest. Separate hours have been assigned in the time table for library work. Children are required to regularly supplement their class room learning by further reading. The library also has many VCDs/DVDs of films. Films with appropriate content are previewed by teachers and shown every week.

Anubhūti elaborate laboratory block includes separate labs for physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. It has a language lab as well. Children do extended academic work in the labs under the supervision of teachers.
Arts & Crafts

At Anubhūti, Arts and Crafts form part of the curriculum on par with other subjects. Timetable allots composite periods for arts and crafts to ensure adequate time for related activities. Specially trained tutors educate children in drawing, painting, pottery, batik, graphics etc. Children put up impressive exhibitions of their work as part of celebrations. Indeed, the Anubhãti campus by itself is an open air multimedia / botanical sculpture museum. The numerous arte facts enhance the ambience and embody the core values Anubhãti swears by--mutual dependence, enthusiasm, introspection etc. The animal sculptures are just not good to watch; they also connote various attributes- majesty, confidence, power etc.
Music, Dance & Theatre
Morning assemblies at Anubhūti are mostly musical sessions filled with chanting and singing. Training is imparted to interested children in Hindustani and Western Music with the required accompanying instruments.

Anubhūti gives lessons in different forms of dance as well. A traditionally trained Kathak teacher oversees the Dance section. Children are also encouraged to learn local folk dances with the help of external faculty. They perform on festive occasions in full costume.
Theatre is another essential element used for personality development and enhancement of creativity. Conversational lessons and even real life school situations are acted out; mimes/skits are developed with total child participation.

Children are encouraged to conjure up situations, bring out the drama within and present them on stage.
Sports & Games

Anubhūti lays great stress on the physical development of children. There are specialist teachers for physical education and Yoga. Football, basketball, cricket, tennis, hockey, volleyball, throw ball, handball, kabaddi, kho-kho, skating and athletics are regularly played on the campus. There are facilities for indoor games like table tennis, carom and chess.
At Anubhūti, there are no formal examinations for learners of Standards 5 to 8; however, there are short tests/assignments/quiz programmes done on a continuous basis. They are, therefore, free from pressure-learning and fear of examinations. This is done to help children live in an environment free of stress, so that creative learning takes place easily and naturally in the learners’ minds.
Assessment of the children’s work provides them regular feedback. Their work is assessed for academic content, academic skills, and life skills. Here, "content" refers to the specific learning of subject matter; "academic skills" refers to the skill of making observations and drawing appropriate conclusions from them, doing library reference work and writing theme based reports, making thematic presentations before an audience and arguing for some conclusion, developing a project idea, identifying areas of future work, etc; and "life-skills" refers to the skill of working together, taking responsibility for one’s actions, communicating effectively, and developing sensitivity to environment.
By the time they reach Standard 9, learners will be equipped with innovative skills learnt over the years. They will be prepared to meet the academic requirements of the prescribed syllabi. In Standards 9 and 10, the emphasis will shift to an in-depth preparation for the demands of the public examination.
Self-assessment is a critical element in one’s growth. It is important for children to learn to evaluate their work, to check whether it has met the necessary standards The teacher’s assessment then supplements such self-assessment.
Children often learn different and significant things from others of their own age. Peer evaluation by children is encouraged to develop a spirit of impartiality and capacity for critical review.
Board Affiliation
Steps are under way for Anubhūti to become affiliated to the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), which conducts the ICSE (Std. 10) and ISC (Std. 12) examinations.
Our learning processes ensure that learners entering Std. 9 have all the necessary knowledge, skills and aptitude needed to creditably complete the ICSE and ISC programmes with ease.
Medium of Learning
As required by the CISCE, the subjects for ICSE and ISC examinations are taught in English. However, in addition, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit are integral to the curriculum. Efforts will be made to introduce learners to select foreign languages through short-term courses. Where possible, children will also be encouraged to interact with select foreign guests.
Parents as Partners
Education, of the kind we at Anubhūti impart, must necessarily be a partnership between the parents and the school, which they have chosen as the second home for their child. We strongly believe that learning is not a limited activity that takes place only in the school. Parents (grandparents, guardians included) can join their children in a wealth of explorations, resulting in learning for both. It is critical that parents and teachers both reinforce the spirit of enquiry in a child.

We invite parents, siblings and other relatives to volunteer to work in the school, depending upon their background, interest and expertise. We also intend to provide frequent opportunities for parents to interact with the school. These will take the form of dialogues, workshops and seminars, to ensure that a high level of communication exists between the two, and that feedback in either direction is timely and constructive.
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