The Art of Active Learning
After the relatively carefree environment of Primary 1 and 2, children are required to make a remarkable transition into Primary 3 and 4. To ease this transition, MindChamps has designed a programme to help children ascend the steep learning curve ahead.
Based on the recent breakthrough Thinking Cap research pertaining to Professor Emeritus Allan Snyder, the 3 domains of Neuroscience, Child Psychology and Theatre , synthesized with Education are integrated into the programme. With these domains, the student can actively participate in changing their own perspective. By embracing their own creativity, they will increase their Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and gain a better understanding of themselves and others.
Passive versus Active Learners
The main objective of the Thinking Cap Programme is to create active learners.
In a nutshell, an active learner is one who makes connections and draws conclusions independently. According to Susan McConnell of Stanford University: “The brain sculpts itself in response to the world and how it is stimulated, refining the circuits, deciding which connections are stabilised and which are lost.”
Active learners connect with their curriculum, and make connections across different topics and subjects. Our student with active learning skills embarks on a journey of discovery and experiential learning, anchoring understanding in a positive emotional experience.
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Activating Active Learners
Thinking Cap Programme teaches students how to learn as opposed to what to learn. There is no boring, repetitive learning by rote. Instead, students are taught a three-stage process that enables them, in theory, to grasp any subject. It is known as the Hour-glass Model of Active Understanding and Active Learning®, and it is a central element of all MindChamps programmes.
8 Learning Outcomes
- Significantly improved memory
- Reduced study time – by up to 1/3
- Higher-Order Thinking Skills
- Mastery of learning techniques
- Improved ability in oral communication
- Improved class participation and social enhancement
- Increased ability to understand and express written English
- Improved self-esteem, confidence and motivation to study