Principles of Teaching and Learning

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 development chart

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.