Vikram Sarabhai School   |   Development Program

Our Performance Development Program plays a vital role in preparing our students to negotiate the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly complex world. This program integrates academic subjects with physical and mental well-being; it promotes independence, resilience, responsibility & develops personal and social skills.

A wide of range of teaching methods are used that enable students to actively participate in their own learning. This includes the use of quizzes, case studies, research, role-play, video, small group discussion and use of appropriate guest speakers.

4 developmental modules that shape our pupils’ learning:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Cognitive skill development
  • Perspective building
  • Community service
 

Stimulate Critical Thinking: Learning to think critically may be one of the most important skills that today's children will need for the future. Critical thinking happens when students analyse and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs. They can then learn how to make judgments and decisions based on others' points of view, interpret information and draw conclusions.

We value & promote OUT OF THE BOX THINKING wherein we encourage our students to use their own minds, think for themselves, ask questions to stimulate divergent thinking that is fundamental to learning, inventing & creating.

Cognitive Skill Development: We strive to go beyond academic skill development by laying strong emphasis on COGNITIVE SKILL development that involves progressive building of learning skills, such as Attention, Memory (Long & Short term), Visual & Auditory processing, Logic and reasoning. These crucial skills enable children to process sensory information and eventually learn to evaluate, analyse, remember, make comparisons and understand cause and effect.

Perspective Building through narrative learning of lives (Ideal examples): Learning of Lives through stories is an established psychosomatic discipline basis the assumption that we construct our identities with the internal narratives we generate. Narrative identities not only strongly contribute to what we do (choices & behaviours), but also to what we think is possible for us to do and how we make sense of what we have done or might do.

At VSS, we take this powerful idea by reinterpreting, recreating stories of personalities / self to organize & modify our identities – our understanding of how we fit into and relate to the world – therefore potentially changing our lives or those of our students (in the case of educators).

Our VISITING SCHOLAR PROGRAM enables our students, faculty and parents to benefit from professional expertise on a wide array of topics, ranging from academics to athletics to the arts through seminars, workshops, lectures etc.

Community Service: We stress on BUILDING HUMAN VALUES like compassion, humility and empathy in our students, as this ultimately defines them as individuals. Volunteering and philanthropy are key to the excellence of the VSS Community Program & therefore civic engagement is integral to campus life.

Community service at VSS includes, visits to old age homes, orphanages, serving a meal at a homeless shelter, helping to organize, food distribution drives to underprivileged, collecting clothes to donate to the needy etc.

Please click the RELATED LINK on this page to understand our Critical Thinking approaches & Our partners entrusted with the continuous in-house programs.

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