The Crystal Academy’s School curriculum, developed by the School’s faculty, is predicated on our seven principles of teaching and learning. As progressive educators, we believe that learning comes through experience and meaningful reflection on experience.
- Children “learn by doing.”
At Crystal Academy School students do not just read about science, they hypothesize, experiment, and build their own apparatus. They devise mathematical models and apply them; they read literature and create their own stories. They compose music, and they do original research.
- Curriculum is child-centered and developmentally appropriate.
Learning takes place in a meaningful context and is tied to children’s needs and interests. In this way, education at Crystal Academy fosters each child’s all-important internal motivation to learn.
- The curriculum builds from a foundation.
- Lessons draw on what a student already knows to extend his or her established base of knowledge, recognizing the importance of what Lev Vygotsky deemed “the zone of proximal development.” The zone of proximal development refers to the difference between what a learner can do without help and what he or she can achieve with guidance and encouragement from a skilled partner.
Thus, the term “proximal” refers to those skills that the learner is “close” to mastering.
- Understanding, rather than memorization, is focused.
When understanding is achieved memorization follows. Students who understand carry their knowledge with them out into the world and can transfer it to new situations.
- The process of learning is emphasized.
When process is central, there is no need to cheat, no need for parents to do homework, no need to avoid risks.
- The curriculum is integrated.
Crystal Academy faculty blend disciplines to stimulate understanding from different viewpoints and to show the real-world application of knowledge. Teaching is extended through literature, music, art, science and mathematics.
- Inquiry is at the heart of the curriculum.
Important questions are asked and addressed. “We only learn,” “when confronted with a problem.”
Crystal School Curriculums
Core Curriculum &Subjects
- Social Studies
- Moral & Civic Education
- Environment and Natural history
- Health, Sanitation & Physical Education
- Creative Games
Techniques of Continuous Assessment
- Question and answer in the lesson
- Short tests and quizzes
- 2 o clock, 6 o clock partners
- Class tests
- Group exercise
- Exercises with short extended or multiple-choice answers
- Analyzing Students’ work
- Round Robin Chart
- Strategic Questioning
- Think -Pair-Share
- Three- Way Summaries
- Countdown 3-2-1
- Classroom Poll
- Exit/Admit Tickets
- One-minute papers
- Create Extension Project
- Class Test
- Unit Test
- Term Papers
- Graded Projects
Teaching Method Based on 5Cs
Choice/Interest – Students choice/ Communication/ Collaboration/ Critical Thinking/ Creativity
- Field visit and Report Writing
- Use of tools like computers, Multimedia Projector
- Role play
- Socratic Seminar
- Scientific ratio of teacher students with spacious classrooms.
- Equipped with modern computers and other ICT facilities.
- Designed for innovation- based learning and group activities.