STUDENTS DECIDE, WE GUIDE.
A Self Directed Education is not like the normal traditional teaching approach we commonly know. Here, learning happens when a child attains an in-depth interest towards something and pursues that. The formal part of learning will come naturally without consciously realising them.
We give them space to choose what they want to learn. Our Learning Facilitators come in to nurture that interest and guide them through processes such as planning, conducting research, documenting progress, and honing practical skills.
secure learning environment – self regulation – reliable guidance and support
SDE AT SRI ARIA SCHOOL
Inspired by self-directed schools, Finland education, and our Founder's experiences in the UK, Sri Aria School practices our own interpretation of Self Directed Education. Self Directed Learning (SDL) at this school is designed to work in tandem with our adaptation of Malaysia's own educational blueprint, the KSSR.
As mentioned in our About Us page, there is no homework, textbooks, examinations, or tests at Sri Aria School. Our goal is to create and reinforce a healthy foundation for their love of learning, and to provide a free space for students to delve into their interests whilst to assist in cultivating their strengths.
We hold the expectation that education is the student's own responsibility. Here there is an emphasis on problem and project based work, students are expected to plan their days with activities and projects of their liking. Our Arians are given unlimited time and opportunities to play, explore, as well as pursue their own interests through the variety of learning areas at each of our campuses.
There is free age mixing among young children and adolescents to encourage empathy and pro-social skills. Learning Facilitators will be available to guide and provide support for our students. These factors all come together to ensure our students are immersed in a stable, supportive, and respectful learning environment.
The biggest focus of our Learning Facilitators is to build up each child's Internal Strengths by facilitating the External Strengths and factors surrounding the child in their learning environments at school, at home, and the wider community. Once a child's internal strengths and emotional regulation is established and developed, their learning processes can happen uninterrupted.
3 PRIME AREAS
COMMUNICATION & LITERACY
There can be a lot of pressure for children to learn how to read and write by a certain age but the truth is it can be very difficult for some to do formally. Sometimes children learn best when provided a safe space and opportunities to gain literacy skills at their own pace.
We allow this to happens informally, as children will learn they must be able to wield communication in order to interact with others and the world around them.
Intertwined with the freedom we allow our students, there are three specific areas we make certain our students include and make progress on in their learning.
We encourage our students to explore numeracy concepts through functional maths.
Our priority is for them to gain an appreciation of mathematics by equipping them with the ability to use maths in real life situations, from basics like measuring and counting, to gaining important skills such as financial literacy.
RELIGION & ETHICS
Students will be introduced to a range of religions and worldviews to build a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding about a range of religions as well as their own.
Through thought-provoking activities such as discussions to excursions to places of worship, students are encouraged to engage by describing, identifying, and appreciating the worldviews and religions of others and themselves.
Language & Creative Writing
RELIGION & ETHICS
Knowledge & understanding of the world
OUR ADAPTATION OF THE KSSR
We do not adopt, but adapt the national KSSR curriculum to work in unison with our Self-Directed Learning process at Sri Aria School.
Integrated alongside our SDL process is our P.A.S.T.E² model where we believe; a strong background in philosophy builds a human, art balances one's life, science, technology, and engineering are important, and the ability to practice entrepreneurship is a survival skill.
RESOURCES - LEARN MORE ABOUT SDE
Self Directed Education is a new and alternative concept to Malaysia. Here are a few pieces to read and watch to begin your exploration if you would like to learn more about Self Directed Learning.