Teaching & learning
Teaching and learning approaches in Viet Anh School
Our pursuit of education is to help children grow and live in harmony with people and nature. These students, after receiving many conceptual categories and knowledge, may become inquisitive, flexible and innovate in solving problems. Thus, with the spirit of freedom and tolerance, they are able to cope with uncertain situations and ever changing world without being disoriented. Furthermore, these people can make differences to innovate and change their community by having integrity and honesty and living with their own wisdom and moral principles.
\To achieve these above goals, we focus on building up a loving caring environment in learning and teaching. Furthermore, we use various methods of teaching in our school. These methods are based on a number of key educational orientation as follow:
- The behavioral orientation to learning
- The social orientation in learning
- The cognitive orientation to learning
- The humanistic orientation to learning
From the above approaches, we apply a variety of teaching methods in our classrooms. The followings are some of them:
Mind Map: developed by Professor Tony Buzan, mind Map is a friendly and powerful graphic technique which helps students to organize and develop ideas by using words, colorful image to draw maps of ideas or knowledge they have learned. With mind map, students can develop theirs thinking, summaries main ideas and present them clearly. Mind map helps students to use both left brain and right brain in learning and remembering key points in their lessons.
Thinking skills: We offer students training program in which they do exercises to develop two main components of thinking is critical thinking and emotional capabilities with the following eight dimensions of thinking
Four dimensions of thinking:
- Fluency: thinking of as many ideas as possible.
- Agility: looking at the problem from many aspects, thinking of ways to organize information and make good solutions.
- Unique: thinking of unique ideas.
- Development: adding new things or improving the old ones to make innovative ideas.
Four dimensions of emotional capabilities:
- Curiosity: using instinct for seeking new ideas.
- Variety: thinking of different and more complex ways to solve problems by linking the information, finding lost data and resetting the ideas.
- Imagining: visualizing and describing something that has never happened, imagining yourself in another time and in another place.
- Risky acceptance: conjecturing, defending opinions without fear of what others think.
Integrative learning: connecting skills and knowledge from multiple themes to apply skills and practices in various settings. Integrative learning involves bringing different subjects of learning together to present in classes. Thus, students have more opportunity to explore the subjects learned in deeper and more authentic ways.
Group dynamics in managing classes: Teachers create a learning community in which teachers and students learning together in a friendly and harmonious environment. In this encouraging atmosphere, students together set their own norms to work towards their goals of learning. In this loving environment, students can be inspired to develop their own ways of learning and principles of collaboration within learning group.
Learning through presenting subjects and teaching others: With this method, the students, under the guidance of teachers will explore the subjects learning through various recourses. Then, they will present and explain the subject to other friends in front of the class. Thus, students can learn and understand subjects learning in deeper ways. Furthermore, they can develop self-confidence in learning and presenting things in publics. With this methods of learning and teaching, we focus more on students’ interests first and teachers become more facilitators of learning.
Learning through thematic schemes, projects and experience: With social sciences, learning subjects are introduced to students by themes and after class, students can choose a theme to explore more in their own group under teachers’ guidance. This method involves more discussion and cooperation to find solutions for problems rather than just teachers’ presentation. Students also work in a variety of projects or experience in science to explore knowledge about things around them.
Learning how to learn:
student has its own intellectual abilities (multiple intelligence). In
Viet Anh School, teachers help students find their own strength in order
to set ways of learning which is suitable to their own intelligence and
academic situation. In learning how to learn subject,
students have opportunity to find more about themselves through
reelection activities and develop self-discipline in learning. In
learning how to learn subject, we help students develop the following
- Ability to think independently and innovatively in exploring knowledge.
- Ability to choose and apply effective methods of learning in accordance with his/her strength and characteristics.
- Ability to use metacognition to organize his/her learning.
- Ability to set appropriate goals of learning and be discipline in pursuing their goals.
Learn moral values through situation discussion and stories: Moral lessons are presented in specific situations and illustrated by stories. students can discuss issues and draw the ethical principles for themselves. These activities enable students to think deeply and implement a code of ethics voluntarily rather than being forced to do so.
Personality development through theater programs and extracurricular activities:
Drama is one of the most interesting and effective educational method for students of all ages. Students in Viet Anh School have lot of opportunity to participate in the theater program in which meaningful stories and plays are performed by themselves. Thus, students can identify ethical issues in natural and insightful ways. In addition, extra-curricular programs are designed in every ten week of learning. In these programs, students play game shows to review general knowledge and joint facts of finding trips to explore more real lives in nature and empirical lessons about society.