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School Leadership - Continuous Learning

This initiative is to learn from various Institutions the best practices that they have adopted that has benefited the Primary and Secondary Teachers and other employees and of course the students in the Institution. We hope to continue this trend and share for other Institutes to learn for a long time to come. School Leaders and Management play a significant role in creating a culture that is essential for its Teachers and other employees firstly, to believe in continuous learning and secondly put themselves on Continuous Learning.

Of late, when I visit Institutions, the first question that comes to my mind is “Are they open to create learning opportunities to their Teachers and other non-teaching staff”?

There are few new concepts being implemented in many Schools these days and which are working very well… For e.g., Interdisciplinary Concept and Deeper Learning, Project based Learning, Flip classroom and Blended Learning are few to name.

What is interdisciplinary learning?

Interdisciplinary method of learning helps Primary and Secondary School Teachers and learners to make connections through learning through exploring clear and relevant links across the curriculum. It supports the use and application of what has been taught and learned in new and many different ways. It provides opportunities for deepening learning, for example through answering different and critical questions, be it exploring an issue, solving problems or completing a final project.

The most effective approach to this type of study helps students to build their own interdisciplinary pathway by choosing courses that make sense to them. To give an example, it is not that difficult to find a theme which crosses over disciplinary boundaries in Art, History, Literature, or Math and Science

In few Schools that I recently visited and surveyed, they mentioned to me that they create supportive Learning environment and believe that Learning is a continuous process. They believe in appreciating the good work done and crate fearless atmosphere for both Teachers and students where they are open to throw ideas.

In few Schools, they are eliminating the rote learning by introducing Interdisciplinary concept and Deeper learning. This helps in developing critical thinking skills and thus students will be equipped with better decision making skills.

Key benefits of Interdisciplinary Study
  • Critical thinking skills are used and developed as students look across disciplinary boundaries to consider viewpoints of others and also begin to compare and contrast concepts across subject areas.
  • Students in the classroom will be highly motivated
  • Students get to cover topics in depth
  • With Interdisciplinary Learning, students can explore topics across a range of subject boundaries and it motivates them pursue new knowledge in different subject areas.
  • Interdisciplinary knowledge and application of different disciplines can lead to greater creativity in children.

In today’s time where technology dominates in classrooms and learning and techniques become obsolete quickly, embracing Continuous Learning is a must for Primary and Secondary and in fact, for all other Teachers too so that they can empower students and future ready them with necessary skills too.