In the world of education, teachers are the torchbearers of knowledge and innovation. They not only impart wisdom but also shape the future of their students. Excel Group of Schools understands this responsibility deeply and is committed to empowering its educators to provide the best learning experiences.
As part of this commitment, a Teacher Orientation Programme was conducted at the end of Term 1 for all the teachers of Excel Central and Excel Global. The driving force behind this enlightening session was Mrs. Rajasree Ajikumar, the Director of Education and Research at Excel Group of Schools, under the visionary guidance of our Chairman.
The orientation programme delved into several critical areas, aligning Excel’s educational philosophy with innovative teaching methodologies. Let’s take a closer look at the key highlights of this interactive session.
- Excel’s Optimum Learning Domain – 5As:
At Excel, education is not just about transferring knowledge; it’s about nurturing independent learners. Facilitators at Excel are entrusted with the task of creating an environment where students take ownership of their learning journey. To achieve this, the concept of the “5As” was introduced and discussed in detail. These 5As represent five key aspects of learning: Acquiring, Applying, Analysing, Arguing, and Adapting. Educators explored the elements under each of these As, laying the foundation for a holistic and engaging learning process.
- Excel’s Design Thinking – 7Cs:
Excel firmly believes that education should prepare students to tackle real-life challenges with confidence. To embody this philosophy, Excel follows a “Design Thinking” approach encapsulated in the 7Cs: Concept, Concentrate, Collaborate, Communicate, Connect, Create, and Contribute. This approach emphasizes the importance of students choosing a concept, concentrating on it, collaborating with peers, communicating their ideas, connecting thoughts, creating novel solutions, and ultimately contributing positively to the community. The educators delved into the nuances of these 7Cs, understanding how they can guide students towards becoming innovative problem solvers.
- Inquiry-Based Transdisciplinary Learning through STEAM:
With the foundation of the 5As and 7Cs, Excel students are poised to embark on a journey of inquiry-based, transdisciplinary learning through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). This holistic approach integrates these disciplines, breaking down traditional subject boundaries. It empowers students to explore complex real-world challenges, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and innovation.
The Teacher Orientation Programme was not just a one-way interaction; it was a dynamic exchange of ideas, experiences, and insights. Educators at Excel actively participated in discussions, sharing their thoughts and strategies on implementing these methodologies effectively.
Excel Group of Schools stands firm in its commitment to providing a nurturing environment for both students and educators. By aligning teaching practices with innovative approaches like the 5As, 7Cs, and STEAM, Excel is cultivating a community of lifelong learners and forward-thinkers. This orientation programme was a significant step towards this shared vision, and it promises a brighter and more innovative future for Excel students and educators alike.