A vision to build, propel and redesign the academia by rethinking – time, talent and technology so that it works for every student, every day.
Education is about far more than the marks fetched by a student. It’s about understanding right from wrong and having the current and comprehensive knowledge required to stay afloat in today’s society. Therefore, Chitkara International School helps the children to develop a perception on the world around and push their thinking both innovatively and conceptually in many subject areas. Small group instruction, personalized attention for all the learners, flipped classrooms, blended learning, self directed learning allow teachers to thoroughly assess them during their work. Curriculum is developed keeping in mind all the three types of learners namely visual, auditory and kinaesthetic thereby touching the learning needs of a learner. We believe that each child rises to meet high expectations. Teachers encourage them to take intellectual risks, stretch socially, expand their ideas and investigate central issues.
All the objectives are merged towards the attainment of the unified aspiration of providing every student with individualised learning environment where the students learn at self pace and attain mastery in learning. As far as pedagogy, it starts from inquiry moves into the stage of presentation and then controlled practice and thereafter graduates to the stage of free practice. Thus, the ultimate goal lies in the fact that the learning process should be student friendly, interesting and must ensure learning of the concepts easily by our students.
The academic framework begins with the Annual Blueprint which is the entire year’s draft of how the child‘s year would shape up academically or otherwise. The framework is like an umbrella which encompasses three learning processes that revolve around the child and that are Teaching, Learning and Assessment embedded with Technology. Thus, to understand the framework in its true sense, it is easier to understand from different angles:
The Teaching Framework
The teaching framework is quite vast and meticulous and revolves around the learner and his needs. We at Chitkara International School aiming to prepare the children for future takes a careful hand towards creating a flexible yet a resourceful teaching framework incorporating unique processes of inquiry, eliciting, presentation, controlled practice, free practice (The 3 P’s Pyramid used at Chitkara International school), Weaving, Chaining, Drilling, Error correction, Feeding etc. as part of the teaching process for which the faculty is rigorously trained. Starting from planning a lesson to ensuring that the child has been able to learn a concept (Keeping in mind the varying needs and abilities of each child) the teaching framework is centred on the children belonging to Generation Z (children born after) and Alpha Generation learners (children born after ).
The Learning Framework
The learning framework has been designed after an attempt to study the psychology of varied learners and their possible learning styles. The learning involves a unique blend of teacher talk time (TTT) and student talk time (STT) where the TTT is 30% and the STT is 70%. Every attempt is made to elicit information from students rather than straightaway feeding it. That is how a lesson is planned and the final output is achieved by ensuring that the learner has been able to absorb the concept. Also various learning patterns and styles are studied before the child becomes part of the Chitkara family. Introducing and designing the concept maps for each and every lesson initiate the students to engulf the concept thoroughly into their brain cells, thereby initialize them to pen down their imbibed concepts on to anything and anywhere. Also there are ample opportunities for children to experience group work, role plays, peer learning, self study etc. so as to adapt to various learning situations.
The Assessment Framework
Again, the assessment framework is designed not to test the child but as a great learning experience to the child and value addition to what he has learnt so far. Also the assessment framework includes the scholastic as well as co-scholastic areas of learning with innovative practices and latest trend in the field of assessment. Under the scholastic domain, assessment is divided into assessment of learning and assessment for learning. Every attempt is made to find the true score of the child with the use of software and analysis is done on the basis of Classical Test Theory, Item Response theory, Partial Credit model, Scoring Weight Scores (SWS), Confidence Level Rating etc. so as to know the true score of the learner. Also diagnostic assessments are done to diagnose the gaps (if any) in any concept that the child has learnt. Once these gaps are identified then the learner is given a feedback on the same and that’s how a smooth learning is ensured at our school. With the co-scholastic areas of assessment an appropriate grading scales and outline of the dimensions to assess areas like health, personality, social skills, attitudes etc. has been done to study the child as a whole thereby ensuring holistic development of the child.
The technology is embedded in the entire process of teaching, learning and assessment at Chitkara School and that is what makes it a school of 21st century learners. The technology framework is spread all over the school whether academically or otherwise. It not just covers the scholastic part but also extends its scope beyond academics thus becoming a powerful catalyst for pedagogical change by introducing TEK -8” a complete technology curriculum comprising of 7 modules namely Computer Science, Electronics, Mobile technology, Automobiles, Robotics, Household technology, Energy Management. This innovative curriculum has collaboratively designed by the Subject Matter Experts and Faculty Members of R&D Team (Research & Development) of Chitkara University and Chitkara International School.
The modules of are well researched and mapped according to the present and futuristic needs of each and every learner, thus making him a part of hi- tech world and according to the future industrial needs. The Technology framework for the academic areas also involves digital learning through various aids like Waterford, School cinema, SchoolPad, Math Buddy, Pearson etc. The beyond academics part showcases the skill development in the child and covers wide range of co-scholastic areas like health, social, personal, life style etc. Thus, the technology is like an umbrella that cushions the teaching, learning and assessment at Chitkara International School.
A research paper on the effective learning through TEK -8 curriculum is also under process by Chitkara University in association with researchers of Purdue University and Chitkara International School team members.