Proper Class Flow

Eye Level is a self-directed learning program which encourages students to acquire self-motivation and independence.

1. Diagnostic test and Starting point

After the diagnostic test, the instructor measures the strengths and  weaknesses of the student as well as evaluating the student’s ability. The instructor will determine the child’s starting point, which is where a student can work with ease and confidence.

2. Self-directed learning

Students will follow a self-directed learning method as well as develop independent learning skills in our Eye Level learning centers. Instructors will provide guidance to students as they move throughout their individualized program.

3. Assessment

Before moving on the next level, Eye Level instructor will give a Level Test to evaluate whether the student has achieved mastery.

4. Feedback

Instructors provide consultation and communicate with parents regarding their children’s learning progress on a regular basis.

Critical Thinking – Important to Have or Just a Gimmick?

 

What is Critical Thinking?

Critical thinkers – these are people that our nation wants to nurture, companies want to hire, and parents want their children to become. With the term bounced around so often, it is no wonder that progressive enrichment organisations are starting to adopt “Critical Thinking” as part of their regular programmes.

Often confused with a “CREATIVE thinker”, a critical thinker leverages on experience, observation, reflection and/or communication to derive at a set of heuristics (i.e. a process or method). While the creative thinker aims to derive an original/fresh solution, the process or method of thinking the critical thinker uses is often situational and relevant to the question at hand, and would thus allow the decision maker to derive at a logical solution.

Importance of Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is an important skill to have as the modern world progresses. According to a research by Hong Kong University (HKU), critical thinking is critical (pardon the pun) because:

  1. It is relevant for whichever profession we choose
  2. It allows us to understand information and technology in order to make quick and effective decisions in the global knowledge economy
  3. It ensures that creative solutions are relevant to the problem at hand
  4. It is important for self-evaluation and reflection so that we may live a meaningful and structure life
  5. It is the foundation of science and democracy

So, do we need it?

Short answer – YES! This is especially true in the context of Singapore where we are often thought of as being book smart and not street smart. As such, critical thinking will not only break the notion that the Singapore education system is all about rote learning, it will also allow us to tap on the knowledge that we have learnt and apply it rationally in a variety of settings. This makes us effective individuals and contributors of our society.

Eye Level Philosophy

“I was wondering how my students would enjoy the paintings from a student’s eye level.”

This is a story about a teacher who changed his perspective. A man was appreciating the art at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. As he approached each painting he would kneel down and look up at it. A curious visitor asked him why he was looking at the painting from his knees. He replied, “I am an elementary school teacher and I will bring my students here tomorrow. I was wondering how my students would enjoy the paintings from down here. I am trying to appreciate these paintings from a student’s eye level.”

Eye Level is based on an educational principle where students learn at their own pace. When the instructor understands the learning needs of a student, the teaching are most effective.