Efforts are on to treat every child as capable and intelligent, rather than setting rigid standards of what defined intelligence and alienating some children
Kiran Bir Sethi, the founder of the world-renowned Riverside School, a TED India Fellow, internationally acclaimed educationist for ‘I Can” approach; Anjum Babukhan, an education reformist, author of “ABCs of Brain-Based Learning.”100 top educationists are expected to participate in the Panel Discussion and deliberate on the subject ” Cultivating 21st Century Skills through Multiple Intelligence” to be held at Glendale Academy here in the city at Glendale’s Campus on September 27, 2018, at 1 pm.
Kiran Bir Sethi, a designer turned teacher who founded the Riverside school a Multiple Intelligence based school in Ahmedabad, after dissatisfaction with her five-year-old son’s education will be the Chief Guest. She built her own curriculum based on a collaborative child-centered approach to teaching, aiming to empower students to achieve academically will also deliver a keynote address on her journey and the importance of subject. Kiran Bir Sethi, wife of well known Billiard Player—Geeth Sethi, is the most sought-after educationist in the country today.
She, one of 12 Thought Leaders of the World–an Innovation Knight for the i4P(Innovation for Peace) Society, New York, will share how her School created ripples across the world for the transformative education. Be it Multiple Intelligence, real-world learning, I can approach and how she made whole India infectious with her innovative, design thinking because of which Ahmedabad has got the first Child-Friendly Zebra Crossing and is also known as India’s first child-friendly city.
Anjum Babukhan organizer of the forum and panelist is city’s most respected educationist and philanthropist. Daughter-in-law of Late Bashiruddin Babukhan, the Hyderabad’s first family of Real Estate and Director of Glendale Academy says at age three, nearly 98 percent of children are creative best and geniuses. However, by the time they reach 8 or 9, become rule-bound, self-conscious, and view tough tasks as threats to be avoided, rather than challenges to be mastered. By the time they turn 25years, just two percent of people still possess their great childhood ingenuity.
Glendale Academy is one of the very few schools in the country to adopt Multiple Intelligence, a new concept in the Indian early education system, in their curriculum. The methodology is based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Each school adapts it to their own curriculum with the objective of creating well-rounded children. It seeks to identify the child’s inherent intelligence or potential to impart the education that is best suited to a child’s unique needs. Anjum will share her experience on the same.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Seetha Murthy, Director Education of Silver Oaks International School.
Many schools apply some form of Multiple Intelligences in their teaching process, but, still, a lot needs to be done. During the event, we will also launch The Multiple Intelligence Videos, discloses Minu Salooja, Assistant Director of Glendale Group. Every participant will be given resource material, she adds.
Our world is changing, and in order to prepare our children for this new world, we need to change the way we educate them. In the 21st century, educators must create a curriculum that will help students connect with the world and understand the issues that our world faces states Minu Salooja.
Teaching kids 21st-century skills early will help prepare them for their future, as leaders, thinkers, and planners adds Minu Salooja. The meet like this one is very rare and is the need of the hour, she claims.
Future learners will need an excellent start in early learning if they are to cope with 21st century challenges. This will be the education of AI(Artificial Intelligence) World, says she very proudly.
Perhaps it is the right time to construct a new curriculum and to create a re-envisioned early childhood education and care system so that they are prepared for life and not just for exams and will be future ready, she says.
The Multiple Intelligence includes: Verbal/Linguistic; Intrapersonal; Interpersonal; Visual/Spacial; Naturalistic; Logical/Mathematical; Existential; Musical/Rhythmic and Bodily/Kinesthetic. There are some of the skills that children will need in order to be successful in the 21st century.
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