WHAT IS THE GREEN SCHOOL CURRICULUM?
REAL world learning for the 21st century
Never has the gap between what education offers and what the world needs been greater. The pace of change is rapid. Jobs are changing, new opportunities are emerging and our incredible access to information is unprecedented. The very way in which children learn is also changing.The pursuit of more global, real and student-centered learning is a hot topic in education. Over the past 10 years,┬á┬áhas been designing and developing a┬álearning programme┬áwhich combines deep and strong roots with an ability to bend like bamboo.How exactly do we do that? Do we follow a prescribed curriculum? In a word, no.
While many take comfort in known, tried and tested curricula, ╠ý╠├TV has pushed and pulled against cookie-cutter approaches to learning. Focusing on prescriptive, written curriculum leaves the whole truth untold. If you look at a curriculum, you will notice boxes. Ticking off those boxes with very specific lessons, assignments, tests, worksheets, and learning standards necessarily confines learning and leaves off creativity.
Every time ╠ý╠├TV has felt itself drifting towards those curricula with their boxes and constraints, we deliberately pivoted to find our direction again. That has led us to the ╠ý╠├TV Way. Our teaching philosophy and method, the ╠ý╠├TV Way, was created and reviewed between 2008 and 2018 by all, and we mean all, members of our community of learners in some way or another. It is strongly rooted in our REAL pedagogical principles and hands-on learning programme, which ultimately aims to support the development of powerful learning mindsets, joyful personal qualities, and life-long skills and competencies.
The ╠ý╠├TV Way has strong roots to sprout a grove of green leaders for generations to┬ácome.
Much like FacebookÔÇÖs former ÔÇśmove fast and break thingsÔÇÖ mantra, we believe education needs an agile school to shake things up. We donÔÇÖt follow a curriculum. We design one. Ongoing and tailored to our learning community.
╠ý╠├TV has built its learning programme on the belief that the child has to be free from fear before anything else can be achievedÔÇöfree from the fear of failure, the fear of being themselves, the fear of the learning process. They have to be confident, calm and happy to thrive at school. This is fundamental to learning, evidence-based and yet is often juxtaposed to the physical spaces and box-ticking approaches still evident in many schools today.
By creating a strong sense of community, emphasising the relationship between students and teachers and designing learning with the child at the centre, we can increase wellbeing and reduce fear. The ╠ý╠├TV Way can support high school students, off timetable, to collaborate, pitch ideas, and start activist projects together. We can let a seventh-grade class start a salsa sauce business to benefit children in West Bali. In the process, students delegate roles, learn about procuring ingredients and jars, sanitization, distribution, advertising, business, and responsible social media campaigns. Our students team up on big and beautiful bamboo constructions. They build pumps and turbines for energy and serve as ocean ambassadors. And, we stand back and marvel when a third-grade class constructs ladders to rescue frogs trapped in man-made ponds.
Melati Wijsen ÔÇś18 summed up our teaching on the┬á┬áin 2015. ÔÇťWe have learned that kids can do anything,ÔÇŁ she said. ÔÇťWe can make things happen ÔÇŽ Kids have a boundless energy and a motivation to be the change the world needs.ÔÇŁ
The ╠ý╠├TV Way is not to fill a bucket, but rather light a fire. We endeavor to teach students to ÔÇťlearn how to learn.ÔÇŁ Most importantly, we aim to instill in our students a love of learning as a passionate pursuit in and of itself. ╠ý╠├TV rests on a simple belief that we are all innately passionate and curious, life-long learners.
To that end, we allow learners big and small to explore real-world ideas and issues within a mission-driven focus. We believe learning is most impactful when it is real ÔÇô this is central to The ╠ý╠├TV Way.
So, if anyone asks ÔÇô whatÔÇÖs the curriculum at ╠ý╠├TV? Just tell them, ╠ý╠├TV keeps it REAL.
REAL learning at ╠ý╠├TV follows these principles:
╠ý╠├TV prioritizes and sustains relationships between all learners, their environment, and their community; our programs are┬áholistic┬áand engage the whole person including social-emotional, intrapersonal, intellectual and kinesthetic connections.
╠ý╠├TVÔÇÖs framework for learning supports experimentation and reflection on successes and failures; ╠ý╠├TV anticipates and adapts to the┬áevolving┬áneeds of learners, their environment, and community; change happens in a sustainable way.
╠ý╠├TV prioritizes┬áinterconnected┬áexperiences driven by real-world needs and the prospect of a sustainable future; The world is a diverse and complex network of systems, and our programme, community, and environment embody an integrated, systems-thinking approach.
╠ý╠├TV acts locally first; we immerse learning in our immediate surroundings, culture, and community and then we think┬áglobal.
Ensuring we keep it REAL, sometimes, just sometimes, our students also sit down at their desks to absorb lessons like algebra.
Learn more about ╠ý╠├TV Learning Programme at┬á┬áand join┬áour┬áOpen Day.