Education for the 21st Century
Life and the world in general, and certainly the business world, are dynamic and they evolve at a furious pace. An education system not only has to keep pace, it must springboard ahead as that is precisely where the children’s future lies. Already today, success and creating value in business are more often than not achieved by way of innovation and cooperation. We understand that in this era of collaboration, education is redefined by a new way of thinking about teaching and learning. With new technologies and their potential to expand our own understanding and methods in this vastly different landscape, we have to establish for ourselves how to create, grow, and navigate these collaborative spaces in safe, effective, ethical ways. Accordingly, we must be able to empower our students in handling these shifts successfully on their own yet offer guidance and empathy when they are looking for direction.
We now live in an age where we are able to connect, exchange ideas and work together with essentially anyone. Previously impossible partnerships now flourish frequently and produce startling innovations. We mirror that in our classrooms where our students’ reach extends beyond the boundaries of the four walls.
At Dwi Emas we focus on the five major shifts in education. In doing so, we are changing the way we approach teaching and the way students look at their own learning processes.
5 Major Shifts in Education
the Coolest Job Ever
When people see teaching as the route to impacting young minds and changing lives, then, only then will people see teaching as one of the great causes that will impact the world around them.
Teaching became something it’s not. It went from being a respected calling reserved for selfless individuals, to a mere job. That’s strange to us precisely because the success of our students finds its footing in our teachers and their drive to be teachers. We need students to see their teachers as successful and having value outside the world of academia. Otherwise, why would they believe what teachers tell them? Only if it is proven to students that it works out there in the ‘real’ world, will they follow.
The connection between teacher and students, built on credibility, is synergetic. When students see teachers as success stories unto themselves, that’s where learning happens most effectively.
How do we make learning relevant for children? Simply put, we engage them where they are and we don’t fight them where we don’t have to.
Case in point: Gadgets and technology. The phenomenon of the ever-present smartphone is not going away. Realistically speaking, we are just looking at the tip of the iceberg. What was pen and paper to most us growing up, the smartphone has become for this generation: unthinkable to do without.
We relate life skills to the subjects we teach. By doing so, there is relevance to students in everything when it is framed from the perspective of their lives.
The difference in outcome is startling when our students hit the ground running. They are the ones leading the charge, asserting themselves and taking on challenges right from the start. They are the students who have an intricate understanding of working and collaborating with others, rather than being constantly in competition for the top spot.
As educators at Dwi Emas, we seek to prepare students for their future, not for our present.
Not Just Students
At Dwi Emas, we focus on what the student can do rather than on the can’t.
There are so many skills and abilities children have, which they don’t even see as their strength simply because they have never been acknowledged as such. We put a lot of value on the “simple” things: being able to connect with classmates, working in groups and looking out for one another, for example.
Of course, assessing things such as creativity or a student taking that first step from not trying at all to actually making a real effort is not as simple as grading a test. Yet, all the same, they are skills and abilities that empower students. These skills are the building blocks, which allow children to grow their strengths and, in tandem with academics, enable them to become successful individuals.
It is our ambition and purpose as educators to equip every one of our students with the tools and skills to succeed in their careers and lives whatever his or her academic capability may be. This should be first and foremost what education must be about.
A Negative Result is
If education is supposed to prepare our children for their lives and careers after they graduate from school, why are both approached in such completely opposing manners?
In life, if one way doesn’t work out for us, we try another. Through the process of elimination, we rule out what doesn’t work until we get to what does. In school then, as the principal training grounds for what lies ahead, logic would dictate that students follow the same principle but strangely enough, the opposite happens.
Embracing negative results as an answer instead of perceiving it as a failure is an immense shift in education. This is paramount in truly preparing students for their world of tomorrow. In life, we have to argue about why something is not, as much as why something is.
Starting with the
What may initially appear to be a bit of a contradiction, starting with the end is exactly what we do.
Trying to get students excited about the basics before slowly, and arduously working our way forward to get to the good stuff is not only counterproductive, it’s also no fun at all.
If we want kids to be excited about learning it’s on us to give them good reason to be.
We start with the end because that’s what matters. The tragedy, horror, amusement, wonder, or greatness at the end is what makes us search for and trace the beginning.
Starting with the end sets off a chain reaction of curiosity, amazement and the ambition to find out more. That is exactly what learning should be about because that is exactly what life is.
Anne Tham's career in education spans over the better part of two decades. Her first English tuition classes were held in 1995 in her own house in USJ with just 9 students and since then, her vision of education has simply taken flight. Within a short period of time, spots in her classes had become so coveted that she found herself in the unenviable position of having to turn down students. There just wasn't enough room in her house, nor were there enough hours in a day to accommodate everyone.
Fast forward to 2015 and what had started out as private tuition classes today includes an English Learning Centre with numerous franchises, a Math & Science Tuition Centre, a Private Tutoring Centre, Sri Emas International School and now, Dwi Emas International School - The first entrepreneurial school in Malaysia.
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