TAPPING THE INQUISTIVE NATURE:
We believe that students are by nature, inquisitive. They love to explore novel things in life. As such, one of our core responsibilities as teachers is to facilitate their learning process by exciting their curious minds. We try not to spill answers in our classrooms but rather prompt the minds of students to arrive at sound answers, not necessarily the correct ones. Such effort we believe underscores the meaning of the latin word, educere (educate) - to draw out a child's potentials.
MOTIVATION BY EMPOWERMENT:
We also believe that students need to be intrinsically and extrinsically motivated to excel in academics. Students are motivated when they are immersed in an environment that is stimulating, empowering, multicultural, inspiring, and enriching. Benjamin Bloom’s taxonomy reveals that students are greatly motivated to excel when they are encouraged to analyze, evaluate, and create. Hence, we believe that teachers must rise above from merely imparting knowledge on to exciting students’ minds to synthesize and to create.
In order to aid students to become independent and creative thinkers, all four learning modalities must be employed in the classrooms, namely that of the visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic. When a combination of all four modalities is utilized in teaching, most effective learning ensues. In this sense, excellent teachers are sound facilitators. Students learn most actively when the environment is fostered for effective learning.
RESEARCH AND ASSESSMENT DRIVEN TEACHNG:
We also believe that teaching must be grounded on solid research. For this reason, we appreciate the works of Piaget, Emilia, and Vygotsky. They have commonly suggested that effective teaching must be research and assessment driven. Such practice enables educators to employ differentiated learning strategies in their classrooms.