We believe children must be supported to be:
Systematically Creative Learners
Combining logic and reasoning with playfulness and imagination.
Mastering a tool and giving form to thoughts.
Combining, exploring and transforming ideas and objects.
Constructing things in the real world, and in this way constructing knowledge in their minds.
Making their mark and expressing their originality in the learning environment.
Feeling ownership and taking charge, being proactive and internally driven.
Learning from interpreted experiences and explanation of other people, including peers and experts.
Reflecting upon an experience, discussing why and how things worked in the accomplishment of goal.
Helping each other to learn, each according to their ability, through the shared language of LEGO® bricks.
System for Learning
Our System for Learning effectively stimulates children's instinct to learn. They are motivated to apply their learning in new contexts. That means they embark on a self-directed learning process which enables them to obtain skills and techniques to excel in the 21st Century.
Systems are essential for learning because they are used by the mind to generate meaning from the endless onslaught of stimuli from the outside world. They help us to make sense of things and to build knowledge and understanding.
Through systems we also channel creativity into ideas or artifacts in a way that can be understood and valued by ourselves and others. They help us to express ourselves.
Systems that allow us to build knowledge and understanding, as well as express it, are crucial for learning. We call this Systematic Creativity: the ability to think creatively and reason systematically. It is about making sense of, and leveraging, human experience. It is marked by a strong push to put imagination and creativity at the service of knowledge and reasoning. Our System for Learning is unique because it provides endless opportunities to make sense of things and express new ideas.
The Learning Framework
All classes are designed and conducted using the 4C Learning Framework. Regardless of the stage of learning and the subjects matter, the 4Cs form the backbone of every learning experience with Chasewood Learning.
While constructing physical objects using LEGO® bricks, children simultaneously "construct" knowledge in their minds. Doing this collaboratively with others, the children get to hone their communication and cooperative skills at the same time.
Children are guided to reflect upon what they learned and share insights obtained during the Construct phase. Facilitating questions are designed to help them gain awareness of the process and explore new ways to go about finding solutions..
Every task ends with a new task that builds on what has just been learned. This phase is designed to keep the learner in a "State of Flow". The Flow is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation, where a person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing
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