DPSG Vasundhara, has always been in a pursuit to encourage talent of all kinds and of all degrees and to stretch the intellectual and creative capacity of the individuals. The school illustrates the inter-relationship of all human knowledge, to foster an appreciation of man’s creative skills and to stimulate a concept of learning as a lifelong process.
The pedagogy of the school thus aims at –
• Stimulating intellectual curiosity
• Directing and exercising the emotions
• Encourage creative, critical, societal and reflective thinking
• Developing an interest in the process and resources of learning and in learning how to learn
• Fostering capacity to tackle a problem and to follow and sustain an argument
• Emphasizing the difference between truth and falsehood and between fact and feeling
This is achieved by the school by inculcating different approaches in the implementation of pedagogy across the various wings.
PEDAGOGY IN SECONDARY WING (VI – X)
Education at all levels is today an acquisition of skills rather than bookish knowledge. So the curriculum in the senior wing imposes the imperative need of including in it a variety of activities that impart skills that can form the basis for a career later on in the life. It is with this purpose in mind that the activities such as art, sculpture, photography, music, dance, theatre, yoga, computer education are an integral part of the curriculum along with the transaction of the academic syllabi. With the host of scholastic and co-scholastic activities for the children, the school wants to see every child emerging as a unique individual who can carve a niche for himself in the society.
The school provides a range of scholastic activities which are a part of the school calendar. To name a few –
• Inter house and inter section Debate competitions
• Case study competitions
• Book review competitions
• Theme Based Board decors
• Club Portfolios
• Visits to planetarium, National Science Centre, Museum
• Poster making, Brochure making, Collage making competition
The co-scholastic activities are the extension of the scholastic and academic curriculum. These activities work on the MI (Multiple Intelligence) theory of Gardner. The activities like :
• Special Theme Based Assemblies celebrating special days like world health day, world literately day, dance day, peace day, etc.
• Annual Function
• Annual Exhibitions – Sandrashika
• Street play competitions on human rights day (manavadhikar)
• Sports & Games – mornings sports academy, Inter class & Inter house games and tournaments
• Choreography & Band display Competitions – celebrating Nationalistic fervour
• Group Song Competitions – Classical & Semi-classical
• Community out reach programmes
• Outdoor trips & Excursions
• Awareness campaigns
• Leadership camps
The above is achieved by having an integrated approach in the pedagogy. The aim is achieved by in using a well laid out lesson plan for all the subjects across the classes VI to X which not only concentrates on the syllabus transaction but also in the integration of all the thinking skills (Creative, Critical, Reflective and Societal) as part of the lesson plan.
• Effective and structured lesson plans comprising of the components – Dimension of learning, differential learning(MI), independent practice and group practice, thinking skill questions(reflective/societal/creative/critical), learning objectives and learning outcomes
The thinking skills become a part of the assessment, worksheets or projects. Keeping CCE in mind the curriculum aims at enhancing the various MIs in a child through the various activities conducted in the classroom and outside the classroom.
The activities include:
• Collaborative Learning which is student centric
• Integration of subjects to teach a particular topic
• NIE ( Newspaper in Education)
• SHP ( School Health Programme)
• PEP (Peer Educator Programme to instill life skills)
• Integrated research based and investigative projects by all students