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Approaches to Teaching and Learning

At B.D. Somani International School, we want our students to grow into confident, knowledgeable, lifelong learners with a broad awareness of the world around them. We place a strong emphasis on skills-based teaching that is process oriented; where teachers facilitate learning and students engage by inquiring. With the implementation of Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATL) across all Secondary School grades we can foster the ethos of a well rounded, holistic educational program.

About ATL

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”. This well-known adage encapsulates the indispensable goal of a high-quality education. What goes unnoticed, however, is the process. Teaching a man to fish requires a certain degree of craft, patience, and most importantly, skill. You could learn about the different kinds of fish and the appropriate bait to catch them, the mechanics behind the working of a fishing rod and even study the correct technique underlying the process. The skill, however, to catch a fish will have gone missing.

Teaching a man to fish requires methods that focus on building a specific skill set, and so it is with our approaches to teaching and learning. The essence of ATL lies in the creation and further honing of essential skills within each of our students. The successful implementation of ATL requires three key elements to work in synchrony. It must be Intentional, Interconnected and Internalised at all times.

Students from Grade 6 creating posters on Inquiry themed concepts across their subjects.
Our middle school students learning about the History of Mumbai during their annual field trip to the St. Thomas Cathedral

ATL Framework

Each semester, ATL focuses on a particular skill set for all the Secondary grades. This runs parallel to the teaching which takes place inside the classroom. Students and teachers work synergistically, to achieve a systemic building of skills from grades six through twelve.
Over the course of the next two years, we will focus on a specific set of skills, each of which will build on the previous set. For example, ‘Research’ will build on facets of ‘Inquiry and Collaboration’ addressed during the last semesters.

A Mathematics class in the IB Diploma program. Students are actively engaged through inquiry, collaboration and communication.
  1. Inquiry Skills (Semester 2, 2016-17)
  2. Collaboration Skills (Semester 1, 2017-18)
  3. Research Skills (Semester 2, 2017-18)
  4. Communication Skills (Semester 1, 2018-19)
  5. Thinking Skills (Semester 2, 2018-19)

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