Progress against one's own potential is a better measure of success than accomplishment alone in relation to other children in a class. Nurture considers it more important that a child puts in his / her best always and makes the maximum possible progress than that she is discouraged by relative comparisons with peers. This process ensures that a) children understand their own strengths against goals, b) with their personal roadmaps to success that emphasize strengths, they become effective partners in their learning process, and c) every child feels empowered whether at the bottom or top of a class in a subject and begins to compete with himself / herself.
Information from the surveys is used as feedback in the in planning and delivery of lessons and in the enrichment or remedial measures that are taken for the individual child. A teacher in Nurture is gauged by the progress or improvement of his / her students.
In conventional education, teachers rush through the coursework, then rush through revision, then after a short break, monitor a test. Then the process stops and even if there are gaps in previous understanding, they move on to the next term’s work. Instead, in Nurture, data from all tests and surveys is used as feedback to improve learning before moving on. Perfection and mastery at each step are the goals and the system ensures that the process is effective and time efficient as well. Academic results begin to improve dramatically."
The NURTURE approach helps your child learn without the fear of examinations and exam pressures and yet do better in these examinations as learning becomes joyful. In real life too, inner motivation and confidence are necessary for success.
The system allows for ordinary children to perform better and all children to maximize their potential. No child is left behind and all children are propelled forward. "
NURTURE methods are applied all through to Class XIIth and consist of career foundation as well. By the time a child reaches the Boards and faces competitive exams, a student is more confident because she will have had extensive training in exam taking and in goal setting, time management, working with smart strategies, exam techniques, knowledge of self and training for the goal of mastery and perfection. "
Further, all chapters begin with a teacher and parent page that has suggestions for Dramatic Presentation which the teachers are additionally trained for. For example, a hundred board and buttons are used to teach LCM, otherwise a difficult concept in mathematics. All topics are taught in a dramatic way first combining kinesthetic and visual intelligences, for example. They are taught first for understanding, then for practice and mastery with both speed and accuracy as goals. Children can do with mastery up to 100 or 150 LCM questions this way in one short period compared with when passive learning methods are employed in regular classrooms. Other accelerated methods are used that boost tremendously children’s confidence on each topic. Further, children learn to peer and self-correct their mistakes, teachers help iron out any remaining difficulties or re-teach using new methods if a concept is not well understood.
Additionally, NURTURE provides classroom materials, tactile materials, teacher / parent guidelines, all assessments and report cards throughout the year. Parents do not need to pay for them separately. To achieve the common goal of academically strong, confident and empowered children, the programme is also more effective, and parents save on tuition and other costs. "
• Focus on every child as special, individual student needs and personal plans as roadmaps for success of each.
• Effective and advanced methods of teaching that employ the multiple intelligences but also speed up learning.
• Tools for monitoring progress every step of the way, not just at exam time, focus on mastery and perfection.
• Peer learning, self and peer corrections, cooperative learning, leadership skills.
• Practice for speed and accuracy.
• Reports based on compete with yourself premise.
• Role plays and other methods to make morals real.
• An effective reading programme complete with class libraries and reading logs.
• Focus on spoken English, power of expression, body language, personality.
• Learning of a foreign language from the earliest years.
• Effective communication with parents, students as partners in learning.
• On-going in-service training and preparation of teachers in both the soft skills and the skills to teach well using advanced methods.