Sunday, February 26, 2006

Reflection 3: SEED - Strategies for Effective Engagement and Development of Pupils in Primary Schools

There are 5 dimensions to SEED:
1. Intentional 2. Curricula 3. Structural 4. Pedagogical 5. Evaluative

The Impression I get...
SEED is inter-disciplinary... it blurs the lines between subjects and adopts an integrated and authentic approach towards learning. And fun is injected in the learning process - the affective element that helps to bring the acquisition of skills in a different way... against the conventional way.

It promotes a structure-free environment for learning. Through this, subject-content learning is no longer compartmentalised... and it's a step to close the gap of the learning environment and actual environment where application takes place.

The end product of the education system is not one who holds a certificate that endorses he has completed 10 years of schooling, but a young adult who is ready to apply the set of "survival skills" he has acquired in the course of learning and his readiness to face the challenges to come.

On the other hand...
- Are we, the teachers ready to adopt a style that we personally did not go through {the lack of experiencing it? Are we convinced enough (buy-in)? Are we confident enough to deliver in a new way?
- How's the learning going to affect the way children learn as they move on to the more crucial levels like Primary 6?
- How the parents cope with these changes? Their mental models - old beliefs vs demands of the new educational arena. Are they prepared enough to provide the level of support they used to give to their children - in terms of help to children in their learning? (sense of competency, security)
- How about the IT component... how does it come in? What's the best way to integrate or bring in IT in teaching and learning now? What's the potential of IT here? What are the openings for IT?

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