Principles of Teaching & Learning
AGAPE’s five principles of teaching and learning, together with our distinctive five core values, are woven into our everyday practices in the centre. It acts as a guide and bearing for our team of teaching professionals from all levels (Infant – Kindergarten 2) to reflect, evaluate and strengthen pedagogical practices.
Character development and learning form the core foundation of AGAPE curriculum, with the aspiration of instilling life-long learning and values in young children.
Children as Active Learners
In Agape Little Uni., we believe that children learn best by engaging in age-appropriate and challenging activities. They make meaning of their own learning by doing and experimenting. Therefore, a positive and interactive environment plays an important role in fostering the talents, interests and values in these children. The environment is a place where they can explore freely, make mistakes, find ways to problem-solve and improve their own learnings which are essential to the growth and development of a holistic child (Gonzalez-Mena, 2007; Schiro, 2013).
|PRINCIPLE 1: ACTIVE & AUTHENTIC LEARNING||Learning experiences is relevant to the current needs of young children, enabling them to make informed choices, share their perspectives, and apply new learnings in authentic situations.|
|PRINCIPLE 2: GUIDANCE & SUPPORT||The learning environment values collaboration; supports diversity and deepens children’s level of thinking.|
|PRINCIPLE 3: AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT||Authentic assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning and it builds upon children’s prior knowledge, interests and abilities.|
|PRINCIPLE 4: POSITIVE CONNECTIONS||Learning is strengthened beyond classroom through strong connections with families and communities.|
|PRINCIPLE 5: EMPOWERMENT||The learning environment promotes independence, self-motivation and wisdom in choice-making.|