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What is pedagogy?
Pedagogy is often confused with curriculum. The latter defines what is being taught, while pedagogy actually refers to the method in how we teach—the theory and practice of educating. Pedagogy is the relationship between learning techniques and culture, and is determined based on an educator’s beliefs about how learning should, and does, take place. Pedagogy requires meaningful classroom interactions and respect between educators and learners. The goal is to help students build on prior learning and develop skills and attitudes and for educators to devise and present curriculum in a way that is relevant to students, aligning with their needs and cultures.
Shaped by the teacher’s own experiences, pedagogy must take into consideration the context in which learning takes place, and with whom. It isn’t about the materials used, but the process, and the strategy adopted to lead to the achievement of meaningful cognitive learning.
In a literal sense, the word pedagogy stems from the Greek word that effectively means “the art of teaching children.” More specifically, agogos means leader in Greek, and pedagogue refers to teacher. Paidagogos were slaves tasked with taking boys to school and back, teaching them manners and tutoring them.
Why is pedagogy important?
Having a well thought-out pedagogy can improve the quality of your teaching and the way students learn, helping them gain a deeper grasp of fundamental material. Being mindful of the way you teach can help you better understand how help students achieve deeper learning. And it can, in turn, impact student perception, resulting in cooperative learning environments. The proper approach helps students move beyond simple forms of thinking as defined in the Bloom’s taxonomy pyramid, like basic memorization and comprehension, to complex learning processes like analysis, evaluation, and creation. Students can leverage their preferred learning styles with a teaching process that supports them, and the way they like to learn.
Pedagogy can facilitate students not only in gaining deeper learning of subject matter, but also in applying that learning experience to their own homes and communities, and to their own personal experiences and situations. Teachers can work together with students to come up with the best way for subject matter to be studied.
How does pedagogy impact the learner?
As noted, with a clear and concise pedagogic understanding, students can comfortably share ideas, and have a clear understanding of how curriculum will be approached and what’s expected of them. Essentially, everyone is on the same page.
Students not only expand their knowledge base, but also understand how to use that knowledge in authentic and relevant real-world scenarios and contexts, as well as connect concepts from lessons with situations in their own lives. They can draw on their own cultural knowledge as well, to come up with unique and personalized thoughts and opinions. Concrete evidence, facts, and data, are combined with the exploration of cultural differences of others to further expand knowledge, allowing the student to reflect more objectively on new concepts, and open their minds to different approaches.
Through your pedagogical process, students can also learn what approaches work best for them, which learning activities and learning styles they tend to gravitate towards, and how to develop concepts and build mental models to further their learning. Overall, active learning makes student engagement rise. Students get to participate in personalized teaching strategies, rather than be mere spectators in the classroom.
The Pedagogical Approaches At The Gaudium
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Traditionally, these have been taught as separate subjects with each having different textbooks and practical exercises. The STEM program integrates all these subjects along with technology to provide a hands-on, holistic approach to learning. STEM combines these areas because the skills and knowledge in each discipline is essential for student success and the fields are deeply intertwined in the real world.
A proper curriculum is set for each grade where the child gets to work on at least 10 projects a year. Each lesson plan is designed to better understand the concepts taught in the class room using hands-on and experiential activities – not without reason we are the best school in Hyderabad.
STEM in Primary School
Project examples – learning projectile science through straw rockets and catapults.
STEM in Middle School
Project examples – learning mechanics through simple and powered machines.
STEM in High School
Project examples – learning robotics and engineering through practical play.
Learning by doing—Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge. project-based learning boost student engagement.
At The Gaudium students are engaged in experiential learning i.e.building knowledge by doing in the form of simulations, role-plays, project-based learning, and such other immersive educational experience. These forms of learning also ensure that students are leading the learning and not the teacher, students eventually benefit the intellectual heavy-lifting of extracting meaning from this experience.
Teachers employ a backward planning method to design the activity that fits into the course, unit, and lessons with goal to engage students in an experiential activity based on real-world situations by recreating those situations in classroom. Reflection is essential in all stages of learning. Students extract the full benefit of experiential learning, and our school provides resources, space, and structure for this learning process.
Individualised Learning Programme – Differentiation – We believe, all students regardless of where they are starting from, can learn content effectively, according to their needs through creating lessons, develop teaching materials, and apply the varied approach. We identify students of varying academic abilities, the ability levels can range drastically. Our teachers identify the personal needs and purpose of the students and plan and deliver learning using varied tools and strategies that meet each student’s individual needs. We enforce differentiation strategies as it promotes more opportunities for students to grow to their highest potential.
Individualised Learning Programme – Inclusion – We are an inclusive school, we provide an environment that is a psychologically inclusive space where all students better understand one another, feel safe and supported, have positive relationships, and are more respectful and accepting of each other. We provide a learning environment that aims to increase access and engagement in learning for our students by identifying and removing barriers.