Let me ask you, if you’re a parent, what will it cost you to help your child achieve his highest potential in learning in what ever disposition he or she may be? If you don’t have kids yet on the other hand, how do you think should parents reach out to their kids so that they get better at school?
I believe every parent aspire the best for their children, not only providing them with enough nourishment, happy disposition through toys or recreational and without doubt, the best education possible. As a parent and educator myself, it is important to me that my kids learn because they like to or say love to, not pushed to do so but motivated, wherein they themselves look for ambiguous ways of growing in wisdom while having fun.
I used to teach preschool children. The type of curriculum I used and happy to say was, that the schools chose to use was DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practice). This approach recognized the child as an active participant in the learning process; a participant who constructs meaning and knowledge through interaction with others, friends and family, materials and environment. The teacher is an active facilitator who helps the child make meaning of the various activities and interactions encountered throughout the day. Developmentally appropriate practices require teachers to make decisions in the classroom by combining their knowledge of child development with an understanding of the individual child to achieve desired and meaningful outcomes. In simple words, teachers develop a lesson plan where play or fun is integrated, getting the interest of the child and getting him excited for the next level of learning. In which I also had the best and fulfilling time seeing them enjoy and without me having a hard time teaching certain concepts. Knowing also about MI or Multiple Intelligence gave me a head-start in knowing each child’s innate skills and knowing how to make appropriate teaching strategies. But you see, not too many schools in our country applies those things. Mind you aside from those teaching theories there are more that an educator can use to capture the pure meaning of educating a unique being, the child.
I found a new learning style. A curriculum wherein the children are challenged and stimulated with learning programs that incorporate important elements such as:
- critical thinking and problem solving,
- collaboration across networks and leading influences,
- agility and adaptability,
- initiative and entrepreneurialism,
- effective oral and written communication,
- accessing and analyzing information, and
- curiosity and imagination.
This is the ETON International School curriculum. A multifaceted curriculum which includes lessons and activities based on Dunn and Dunn Learning styles to help every person to discover and reach his or her highest potential. Each student has different learning strengths and preferences and the abilities to focus and learn. Students differ in processing style and preferred modalities. There are two major processing styles: the global and the analytical.
Global learners, as what I have discovered, learn better in an environment with soft lighting and non-traditional seating. Taking breaks, eating snacks, going around and listening to music proved also very useful for them. on the other hand, analytic learners likes to learn on an environment with bright light and traditional classroom setting. Loves studying in a quiet room and does not like to be disrupted.
ETON uses a very unique assessment, Learning Styles Assessment. This serves as guides for effective teaching strategies, through assessment of the student;s preferred modalities of perception: visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic. Each student’s dominant modality of perception in connection to sensory data is assessed. With this, teachers can determine the most effective instructional plan for a particular student.
Parents’ questions and frustrations are answered through the Learning styles assessment test. With this, children know their own learning style, whether they are global, analytic or integrated. Therefore, teachers can understand the child better. the same thing with the parents.
I am ANALYTIC! That’s what came out of my assessment. Would you want to know yours or your loved ones, how about co-workers? Knowing one’s way of learning defines who they really are, their personalities, character and manner of having strong building relations with the people around you.
Check out my concluding blog about ETON. The school, the facilities and their VMV (vision, mission and values). Let us all discover how ETON makes a great difference in education and why they claim to be a school without borders.
You may have your child assessed and you yourself can too, just call them at the following numbers:
1839 Dr. Vasques st., Malate, Manila
Tel: (632) 526 2994 to 95
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Here are more pictures from ETON Int’l. School…
Let me leave you these quotes I found in one of the classroom of ETON, which reminded me of my own character.