Design of Life reimagines education as we commonly know it. And as we commonly experience it.
It takes away reading and writing as the primary way of learning. And ties learning with our innate talent for art and music.
It recognises that every individual has a uniquely personal approach to learning driven by curiosity and interest.
It connects learning to what the learner wants to do in life. And empowers the learner to seek out and find her calling in life.
The building blocks
Destination of Learning
Just call it a DoL. Simply put, a DoL is a topic you learn in Design of Life through art, activity and music. A DoL typically runs up to 30 hours, spread over 10 sessions of 2-3 hours each.
Every DoL uses a unique combination of art, activity and music that work best for that topic. In a DoL children don’t study a lesson by reading, writing and memorising. They practise an art form that creates hooks in their minds – hooks that make a lesson stick for good.
Because what’s learned sticks for long, a learner walks out of each DoL with a complete mental toolset to advance her learning on a topic.
Celebration of Learning
A 10-day DoL would end in a culmination day called Celebration of Learning. Or CoL.
A CoL is where children perform a program on stage for an hour, packing in all that they have absorbed, using the art form they have learned in the DoL. A CoL gives proof that you have absorbed the content of a DoL. And you can apply your learning in everyday life — on call.
In Design of Life, children don’t give tests or exams. They perform on stage to give evidence of their learning. Or they use all they have learnt to create things that solve real-life problems.
Real teachers create the itch,
but don’t scratch the itch
Real teachers don’t give the answers. They ask big questions that trigger a search for true answers. They don’t inform or instruct on a topic. They nudge learners to explore, discover and arrive at their learning. They don’t take the front seat in the journey of learning. They put the learner firmly on that hot seat.
For these reasons, in Design of Life, teachers are called Facilitators.
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