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What are Learning Strategies?
As students shift from the skills emphasis of elementary grades to the content emphasis of secondary grades, they face greater demands to read information from textbooks, take notes from lectures, work independently, and express understanding in written compositions and on paper and pencil tests. For students who haven’t acquired such important academic skills, the task of mastering content often comes with failure, particularly in inclusive general education classes.
Simply put, a learning strategy is an individual’s approach to complete a task. More specifically, a learning strategy is an individual’s way of organizing and using a particular set of skills in order to learn content or accomplish other tasks more effectively and efficiently in school as well as in nonacademic settings. Therefore, teachers who teach learning strategies teach students how to learn, rather than teaching them specific curriculum content or specific skills.
Research suggests that use of learning strategies can improve student performance in inclusive settings or on grade appropriate tasks. In reading, for example, results from a study of the use of the Word Identification Strategy indicated that the number of oral reading errors decreased while reading comprehension scores increased for all students on ability level and grade level materials.
What is the difference between Learning Strategies and Instructional Strategies?
As the name suggests the difference is in the audience. While learning strategies relate to the students, instructional strategies are for the teachers to impart education – again not to be confused with the fact that even the learning strategies are devised by the teachers. Simply put, instructional strategies are made by teachers to try and see how effectively the education is ‘delivered’. The following is a list of instructional strategies followed at The Gaudium:
- Lecture method
- Power point
- Story telling
- Activity based
- Inquiry based
- Role play
- Treasure hunt
- Group discussion
- Peer learning
- Guest talk
- Field trip
- Nature walk
- Creative writing
- Report writing
- Analysis of the content
- Diagrammatic representation
- Model making
- Films/documentary making
- Concept mapping
- Hands on Workshops
- Circle time
- Worksheets & Assignments
- Expert’s interaction
Learning strategies also are made by the teachers but for the goal as to how the education is ‘received’ by the students.
Learning Strategies At The Gaudium
The Happy Minds Model
A young mind is like a canvas that needs to be painted with the right hues. At The Gaudium – an international CBSE / CI / IB school in Hyderabad, we ensure that the correct inputs are provided very early through our proprietary ‘Happy Minds’ methodology. The “Learner Centred” model nurtures academic excellence through differential and collaborative methods of teaching that supports all types of learners – kinaesthetic, visual and auditory. In addition there is a special module – ‘Value Creating Education’ Module – which helps the children develop their inner tools to find lifelong happiness and grow into happy adults.
This combined with our interactive teaching methodology engages students in their own education and helps to carry out activities of higher order thinking. Conceptual learning is brought about through hands-on exploration.
A typical class at The Gaudium – an international CBSE / CI / IB school in Hyderabad, has a student teacher ratio of 10:1 and facilitates individual attention at all times. The joyous educational environment facilitates the implementation of a high quality curriculum and the building of life skills and values effectively.
Customized learning plans enable students to develop the skills and study habits needed to improve their academic performance with ease. We challenge the advanced learners and provide additional support to students through personalized programs. Those with learning difficulties are provided remedial teaching through special instruction programs. If a student has behavioural issues a psychologist counsels him or her. Importantly we develop open lines of communication between the school and the parents on a daily basis so as to track the child’s progress.
Using Theatre As A Major Educational Tool
As experienced educationists we are fully aware of the positive role and impact that dramatics has in enhancing child development. We thus lay great emphasis on theatre and leverage its vast benefits to nurture children at different levels – making us the best school in Hyderabad. These include:
Taking risks in class and performing for an audience teach students to trust their ideas and abilities. The confidence gained in drama applies to school, career and life.
Making creative coices, thinking of new ideas, and interpreting familiar material in new ways are essential to drama. Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge”.
Acting roles from different situations, time periods, and cultures promotes compassion and tolerance for others’ feelings and viewpoints.
Playing, practicing, and performing develop a sustained focus of mind, body and voice which also helps in other school subjects and life.
Drama enhances verbal and nonverbal expression of ideas. it improves voice projection, articulation of worCods, fluency with language, and persuasive speech. Listening and observation skills develop by playing drama games, being an audience, rehearsing and performing.
Cooperation / Collaboration
Theatre combines the creative ideas and abilities of its participants. This cooperative process includes discussing, negotiating, rehearsing and performing.
Drama brings play, humour and laughter to learning; this improves motivation and reduces stress.
Pretend play and drama games allow students to express a range of emotions. Agression and tension are released in a safe, controlled environment reducing antisocial behaviours.
Students learn how to communicate the who, what, where and why to the audience. Improvisation fosters quick-thinking solutions, which leads to greater adaptability in life.
Many drama activities reduce stress by releasing mental, physical and emotional tension.
The process of moving from ideas to actions to performances teaches the value of practice and perseverance. Drama games and creative movement improve self-control.
The social interction and risk taking in drama develop trust in self, others and the process.
Movement in drama improves flexibility, coordiantion, balance and control.
Rehearsing and performing words, movements and cues strengthen the memory skill like a muscle.
Legends, myths, poems, stories and plays used in drama teach students about social issues and conflicts from cultures, past and present, all over the world.
Paricipating in and viewing theatre raise appreciation for the art form. It is important to raise a generation that understands, values and supports theatre’s place in society.
At The Gaudium, the evaluation of students covers all aspects of student’s development including various areas such as Life Skills (Thinking Skills, Social Skills and Emotional Skills) & Attitudes and Values (towards Teacher, School-mates, School Activities, Environment & Value System).
The school will equip students to excel both academically and emotionally and nurture morals, ethics, and human values along with a sense of nationalism and social responsibility.
The following are the core areas to be instilled in students
- Orchestrate the right understanding of success
- Step forward to lead as needed, regardless of position
- Building bond that foster nurturing instrumental relationships
- Conflict management
- Enhance concentration and memory
- Articulate and arouse enthusiasm for championing change
- See diversity as an opportunity
- Right food & exercise for healthy life style
- Handling exam pressure
- Emphasis on attitude of gratitude
- Understand various emotions and their impact
- Importance of communication in leveraging diversity
- Listen openly and send convincing message to others
- Adversity and negative impact
- Power of influence
- How to create an empowered state of mind
- Set challenging goal and to take calculated risk
- Understanding into one’s physiology and posture
- Learning to lead by example
- Craft a personal vision
- Sharing clarity
Sharpening Communication & Language Skills
At the Gaudium we focus on the four skills of the English Language – Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening so as to equip students with the wherewithal to handle communication effectively.
Showing Students the ‘Write’ Way
Despite computers edging out writing by hand, it will remain one of the fundamental tools in the learning toolkit as it promotes attention to detail of content, organization, evaluation and synthesis of ideas.
Our emphasis on creative writing helps children think outside of the box and leads to the development of problem-solving skills. We help foster creativity and develop imagination in young minds through simple demonstrations, real-life situations and fun activities through which creative writing skills will be honed.
Exercising the mind through Reading
Reading is one of the most essential skills that improves knowledge, builds vocabulary and promotes progressive thinking. At The Gaudium we ensure that the habit of reading is inculcated in children at an early age. We provide appropriate reading material for every grade level and guide children with reading techniques.
Turning students into good Speakers and Listeners
We offer English language proficiency program for students. The program focuses on the development of linguistic competence from the absolute beginner (Grade 1) to full mastery (Grade 12) level – what else can you expect from the best school in Hyderabad.