Defining the Problems:
Why does an average or a weak student always remain at the same level throughout school?
The answer is that they are never told their weaknesses.The school report card will tell you that your child is weak in Math, but they will never tell you what exactly is the weakness or why is it there and what is the remedy.Unlearn Formulae pioneered in pinpointing these issues carried out a structured plan to help the students and has been able pull many of them out of the murky waters of hopelessness and gloom. As a result of several years of research, Unlearn Formulae has launched an ACT initiative (Academy for talented) to solve this problem by providing the student with guided freedom for choosing the concepts and problems and therefore stretching their potential each time. Unlearn formulae is excelling and evolving in not only tackling these issues but making it possible for students to move across classes in the concepts wherever required, based on their ability.
Why do most talented primary and secondary students become average in higher secondary classes?
The talent lies in the reasoning or the logical ability that should be aimed at through subjects such as math and science and not in the subjects themselves. It is only by stimulating students through the right kind of challenges that we can nurture such skills. The idea is to help students explore ways of creating formulae on their own rather than having them mug up the formulae and stunting their growth for good. We want to see our students shape into powerful minds by providing them the tool of reasoning and independent thinking. We want them to take initiatives and get out of their comfort zones to develop problem-solving skills.
The key to the solution is reorganizing the curriculum and making it ability-wise rather than age-wise.
Honestly curriculum is not the right framework for the talented. The initiation out of school’s conditioning for years is best mediated through the familiar curriculum framework to make this transition smooth. We provide continuous challenges in graded stretches – ‘boundless curriculum’. To top it, the focus of the learning transactions rests on the logic/reasoning enhancement rather than the mundane mathematical operations.
Getting the child to write the mathematical proofs and problems in the language is again one of our unique ways to peep into the child’s mind and find out exact problems with his/her thinking processes. Peer evaluation of their writings will magnify the details of the thinking mechanisms in two dimensions: across concepts and across students. It must also be stressed that guided-freedom of choosing the concepts where students wish to go ahead of their class and self-goaled learning are the major tools to boost the confidence of the student and make him/her responsible learners.
ACT is an amalgamation of technology and experience of direct teaching with a view to making it possible to implement the above solution with the involvement of parents. If a 5th grade student has the ability to understand concepts of 8th grade, we would help him/her achieve it, as the model that we are providing doesn’t make them stay over the concepts of just their present standard but gives them access to the similar or complex concepts of the higher or lower classes based on their ability. This means going beyond the physical- and age-limits of learning.