Values & Methodology
Teaching Methodology (Components)
Although very simple, they have a profound influence when practised following the integrated methodology of the Programme.
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Or alternatively, a quotation, such as :
“Being kind brings peace of mind.”
the multi-cultural and non-religious approach of the whole Programme these
statements are not particular to any religion or belief system and hence
promote unity and tolerance between different cultures.
Alternatively, children can be asked to invent quotations with similar meanings. While working on these, a subliminal improvement in their consciousness occurs. During the week there would normally be a discussion on its meaning and application in day to day life e.g. in the example above, how we could bring about peace within ourselves, our family, school, society, nation and the world.
Normally these exercises are done with the eyes closed for about five minutes. This could be done for five minutes in the morning assembly, or even at the beginning of each lesson. Further details are set out in the Workbooks.
A very destructive force in the classroom is the level of noise and movement which is substantially reduced when silent sitting is practised, so it also helps with discipline problems. Once the practice is more established, every lesson could start and close with a minute of silence so that the children’s behaviour becomes more peaceful.
Time and effort taken to practice and establish this exercise is well repaid by the children’s heightened concentration and attention for lessons and in their behaviour generally.
There are numerous stories set out in the Teaching Workbooks - using traditional stories, fables and those based on actual events, where the teacher is able to draw out human values. After understanding the methodology used, teachers will be able to write their own stories.
the stories should have questions after them to ensure children absorb
and understand the value that has been described.
It is useful to end a story telling session on an optimistic note, showing what can be done to cope with a difficult situation, and how to learn from experiences in the past, to throw light on how things can be done better in the future.
Anything learned through song is remembered and is easier to recall, so group singing is a powerful tool for enhancing the value being taught in the lesson. CD's & Tapes can be used to assist and guide teachers and parents (if being used at home) with singing component of the Programme.
Plenty of examples are given in the Workbooks and teachers and parents can make up their own after looking at the examples given.
Great attention has been given to making all the activities in the Workbooks interesting and fun, as teachers often face heavy competition from television, videos and computer games in capturing the attention of children.