EduLift’s guiding principles and theoretical foundations are constructivist pedagogy, learner-centered pedagogy, differentiated instruction and inclusivity in all learning environments, skill driven approaches and proactive classroom management.
1. Constructivist pedagogy
Constructivist pedagogy takes the child as the first frame of reference and posits that the knowledge is ‘constructed’ by the learner. It is an active process of making meaning, and can never be equated with rote memorization. In EduLift’s programs, the role of teacher is not knowledge transmission but facilitating learning and creating conducive classroom environments for active knowledge construction by students.
2. Learner-centered pedagogy
Learner- centered pedagogy means giving primacy to children’s experiences, their voices, and their active participation in the learning processes. EduLift employs a variety of strategies or teachings methods to create child-centered learning environment. We provide many learning activities that involve students in collaborative group debates and discussions, pair/group work, and culminating group projects or tasks.
3. Differentiated instruction and Inclusive Classroom
EduLift believes in the idea that each student has a different set of needs, interests, learning preferences, and intelligence. Similarly, EduLift encourages the convictions that all the students can think and learn; diversity should be embraced; and each student has something unique and worthy to offer. As such, in an inclusive classroom, we believe in the importance of tailoring lessons to different learning needs and levels. EduLift’s programs allow students to choose the medium for expressing what they’ve learned and understood in the classroom through different final products or projects.
4. Skill Driven Approach
EduLift prioritizes skills over contents. That doesn’t mean that information or knowledge is undervalued. When teacher uses contents skillfully to foster skill development, the students also learn the contents. EduLift uses subject-matters or the contents creatively in order to nurture important skills and competencies like,
Thinking skills: critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, creativity, reasoning, etc.
Social emotional skills: Teamwork, collaboration, self-management, empathy, self-confidence, etc.
Linguistic skills- competencies in both oral and literate domains of language.
5. Positive classroom management
Positive and proactive classroom management creates the conditions for student learning, while effective teaching limits classroom disruption and deviancy. In order to build a respectful and trust driven classroom culture, we democratically develop classroom rules and routine with active student participation.