Learning Joyfully and Purposefully
At SISM, we foster a joyful environment that empowers students to reach their potential, equipping them with vital skills for the future.
Our value-creating model instils humanistic values in students, promoting peace and inspiring meaningful contributions.
Mastery-Based Learning (MBL)
Mastery-based learning (MBL) prioritises a student’s complete understanding of a topic before advancing. This method integrates blended and self-paced learning with mastery checks, catering to diverse learning abilities. Key MBL components are:
- Defined learning objectives: Ensuring students know their expected outcomes.
- Individualised learning: Tailoring instruction to fit individual student needs.
- Formative assessments: Continuously evaluating students and pinpointing areas for improvement.
Studies show that MBL students often have greater satisfaction and a positive outlook towards their subjects than their peers in traditional settings. Overall, MBL fosters an engaging and inclusive learning environment.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
Social-emotional learning (SEL) equips students with skills to manage emotions, foster relationships, and make informed decisions. At SISM, we have embedded SEL into our curriculum to prepare students for both academic and life challenges. SEL’s core skills are:
- Self-awareness: Recognising one’s emotions, values, and beliefs.
- Self-regulation: Managing emotions, thoughts, and actions.
- Empathy: Understanding others’ perspectives and feelings.
- Relationship skills: Communicating and collaborating effectively while handling conflicts.
- Ethical decision-making: Evaluating actions and their consequences.
Studies indicate that SEL-engaged students demonstrate better behaviour, resilience against stress and depression, and positive self-perceptions. We are confident that SEL fosters well-rounded, successful learners.
Dialogic Learning (DL)
Dialogic Learning (DL) emphasises dialogue and discussion as central to understanding and knowledge construction. Unlike traditional knowledge transfer and rote memorisation, DL champions active, in-depth exploration via conversations between students and teachers. Core DL competencies are:
- Communication skills: Encouraging meaningful interactions among students and educators.
- Critical thinking: Fostering skills like analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and problem-solving.
- Social skills: Enhancing empathy, respect, collaboration, and other interpersonal skills.
By emphasising shared understanding and collective idea development, DL deeply engages learners, boosting critical thinking, creativity, and social and emotional skills.
Purpose-Based Learning (PBL)
Purpose-based learning (PBL) is a method that immerses students in real-world challenges, connecting interdisciplinary knowledge to their interests. PBL encourages active, engaging, and meaningful learning. Its key components are:
- Authenticity: Linking learning to real-world scenarios.
- Teamwork: Collaborative learning to achieve shared goals.
- Self-reflection: Encouraging introspection on learning in relation to personal and societal values.
- Action-oriented: Applying interdisciplinary knowledge to address real-world issues.
PBL empowers students to actively tackle real-world problems, igniting curiosity and intrinsic motivation. This approach fosters global citizenship and genuine, lifelong learning.