16 Oct The sweet ‘science’ of learning
When Dr Vicknesha Santhirasegaram accepted the post as Head of Science at Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS), she was determined to ensure the lessons were in line with the school’s ‘Definitely Different’ philosophy.
Like the school, she wanted to make the children think instead of being parrots.
What sets GOTS apart is its determination to change the way children learn.
It encourages scholars to think on their own, learn by using videos and playing games, make the subject relatable to them and get them to present lessons as if they are teachers.
That is why next week’s Science Week will see them explore the subject even deeper.
One of the activities lined up is a field trip to Petrosains ‘The Discovery Centre’ for its secondary scholars.
“We encourage our scholars to experiment and not just parrot what is in the textbooks,” said Dr Vicknesha who has a double major in Chemistry and Biology from Campbell University in the United States.
“We want to produce thinkers who can lead, not followers.”
As such, GOTS scholars do plenty of lab work to give them hands-on experience about the subject.
Dr Vicknesha, who earned her PhD in Food Science from Universiti Malaya added: “We want science to come alive and the best way is for scholars to conduct a lot of experiments. That is how we teach at GOTS.”
Science Week is part of GOTS’ special focus week this year, the other three being Bahasa Melayu, English and Maths.
English Week was on Feb 24-28 and was followed by Bahasa Melayu Week (March 18-22) and Maths Week (July 22-26).
To learn more about GOTS’ Definitely Different teaching methods, contact our education consultants at +6010-295 6340 / +6012-268 1293 or visit www.gots.edu.my
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