Kunskapsskolan KED program: Rennaisance in School Learning

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Known for its state-of-the-art learning facilities, the highlight of the school is its remarkable KED program, which offers great learning opportunities for students by personalizing the mainstream CBSE syllabus.

Just what is the KED curriculum and why should you be so excited about what it has to offer?

1. It divides the entire CBSE curriculum into perfect learning matrixes

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It starts with the student. That is probably the best part of the KED program.

What is beautiful about this approach is that children go at their own pace, take ownership of their learning, choose goals they can achieve and enjoy learning the subject in their own way. With no more than 22 students a class, this is perfectly possible and here’s how they do it.

While a traditional CBSE school standardizes the syllabus, Kunskapsskolan takes a novel look at the core of learning itself.

In the KED program, a student’s individual learning abilities and strengths are identified, strategies are developed to help them grasp the curriculum in their own manner and all of these are incorporated into a personalised learning plan.

Through a personal learning coach (NOT to be confused with tuitions or remedials), the facilitator arrives at a comprehensive plan to help the student with his or her goals. Many learning strategies go into this plan – cognitive psychology, for instance, forming an integral component among others.

Says Sunitha Nambiar, COO at Kunskapsskolan Eduventures, “The students sit down and understand their academic goals. For example, a student will decide what he or she is going to learn this week in different subjects whether it is about fractions or photosynthesis. These goals are sequential. They come from our learning portal, which is basically the CBSE curriculum, which we’ve broken into a number of steps that children will have to understand during the course of their school life. Each step has 3 goals and each year, 10 steps have to be achieved by the student.”

2. Its learning portal gives the student an exact representation of their academic journey

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We loved this bit about the KED program which makes the learning process a collaborative set up among the teachers, parents and the students. Students use the Educational Documentation System (EDS) on the learning portal which gives a real-time insight to the student’s learning progression.

The 3 hierarchal levels that a student must use in order to master a subject is aligned to the Blooms Taxonomy. Each child is helped to progress from level 1 to level 3.

To put it simply, what this means is that if a child performs well on the first level, he/she can do reasonably well in the CBSE exams. If they are on the second level, they can achieve higher grades and on the third level, they know that they are doing extremely well in a subject.

Kenneth Nyman, Deputy CEO of Kunskapsskolan opines, “All the content that the students learn is on the learning portal. Every student covers every subject and the learning portal shows you exactly what is being achieved – the curriculum, the skills that the student used and the learning outcomes.”

There’s a bonus feature to the portal that you’ll all love. Parents can access it too! With the right feedback, they can gauge where the child stands and support them accordingly. The student can send their work to the teachers in a subject and the teachers can then send feedback. The learning portal makes sure that the student, teacher and parent are on the same page.

There are two types of curriculum on offer on the portal, the CBSE and the IGCSE. Students can opt for IGCSE after grade 7.

3. Its unique classroom structure prepares the student for all kinds of learning experiences

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The classroom at Kunskapsskolan is divided into three kinds of experiences – the lectures, the communication sessions (these are discussions and interactions with the teacher on the subject), and workshops (when the students practice what they have learned and work on their own.)

Says Nyman, “This structure exposes the student to something that they will have to encounter even in college – the lecture format. At the same time, they understand how to collaborate or ask questions and they also know how to approach the subject in a more hands-on manner.”

The system works very gradually and after grade 4, children are able to do more with these three formats.

Students can also decide how they want to learn a topic,” says Nambiar. “They can work with their personal coach on a strategy. Some children prefer worksheets. Others can play a game, watch a video, do a project or work with friends. Some children do well in geometry and others like mental maths. We encourage all approaches.”

After grade 6, children write one-hour exams and this increases to two-hour exams in grade 7. The focus early on is placed on building high order thinking skills together with a foundation for analytical thinking. This helps them later when they have to approach exams.

Another tool used in the curriculum is the School survey, a quality assessment tool that is used by parents, teachers and students to take stock of the year gone by :

  • Was the curriculum made accessible to the student?
  • Should there be a new plan for the student?
  • What can be done differently?

Similarly, Kunskapsskolan uses the Logbook to keep track of the student’s learning journey – weekly and monthly goals, plans, progress and reflections.

Why the KED program is a success is because it trains the spotlight on becoming a great learner and a learner for life. Doing this with a personal touch is what Kunskapsskolan achieves effectively and aims to replicate this success in their Bangalore campus very soon.

As Nyman puts it,“Learning is all about developing strategies and the KED program has tremendous impact on a student’s learning outcomes.”

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