We are committed to make the life of children, in all domains of our school, deep learning experiences. Accordingly, we move away from the traditional, rote learning methods, which rely heavily on tests and evaluation for making children “study.” Instead, we have been working towards making our classroom teaching-learning mechanisms more and more interesting and gripping so that children develop intrinsic interest in the subject matter, which in turn leads them to “study.” During the past years the school has moved purposefully towards implementing more and more interesting processes. Some of the general characteristics of the progressive system of education we attempt at Orchid International School are as follows:
- Experience based learning or experiential learning
- Discovery oriented learning
- Joy and fun based learning
- Activity oriented learning
- Hands on learning
- Outdoor Experiences
- Visits to museums and nature parks
- Nature Camps in campus-tents
- Nature treks and hikes
This approach requires a subtle, dynamic and sensitive attitude on the part of the teacher. It also involves a lot of preparatory work to be done by the teachers prior to meeting the students in the classroom. Many of our faculty members have exposure to this educational approach and the others are oriented to this approach. We have resource persons to help us.
Design and implementation of teaching-learning approaches with an integrated curriculum in mind, is one of the key features of the junior school. The children with vernacular backgrounds are supported and guided as per their present levels so that they can reach the mainstream level within a reasonable period. The homework and supervised, evening study time is guided by the subject teacher so that doubts in subjects are clarified. This also ensures that the students learn to plan their studies in a manner that they take up the subject homework when the respective teacher is available.
Our approach towards assessment and evaluation is also in tune with the teaching-learning processes and is a combination of the quantitative and non-quantitative reporting system.