Contextual Learning

Encouraging respectful and caring participation

CONTEXTUAL LEARNING AT CIS

Contextual Learning (CL) is a hands-on learning experience that takes place away from the classroom. It provides a live education opportunity that furthers our core values of joy, integrity, inspiration, respect and caring. Students explore global and local issues as they search for solutions, meet new people, discover new places, and discuss ideas they would otherwise not be exposed to.

ON-CAMPUS & ON-SITE

CL can take place on campus (in and around Bangalore & Karnataka) or on site (pan-India). Students and parents get to choose which component to participate in during the year. Additionally, CIS runs five full CL days throughout the year. These take place on school days, and each has a theme/focus of its own. They serve as preparation days for the on-site and on-campus programs.

ON GOING CL PROJECTS

  • Beekeeping and harvesting of honey
  • Composting food from our cafeteria
  • Growing vegetables in the CIS garden
  • Keeping a butterfly garden
  • Maintaining an herb wall with medicinal plants

PRESENTATION FUELLED BY REFLECTION

CL’s success lies in the reflection and presentation components of the program. Students keep a journal and contribute to a blog throughout the year. Reflection allows them to take ownership of their learning and set goals for themselves. It teaches them to judge their efforts, work and progress.

Students also plan, organize and present their learnings once per term, during CL Share Days. It’s important for students to communicate and explain their learnings to peers, parents, teachers and other stakeholders. We strongly encourage parents to attend these.

PROGRAM GOALS

• Who am I?

• What do I believe?

• Who do I want to become?

• How do I work in a team?

• How do I face challenges?

Grade 6 students search for the answers to these questions during the CL program by being designers, mural painters, environmentalists, hikers, beekeepers, space engineers, and other professions.

• What role do I play in my community?

• Does my voice matter?

• How can I use technology for social innovation?

• What impact do I have on the lakes and forests around me?

Students in Grade 7 learn about their current surroundings and the role of CIS in the local community. They study the availability of resources at government schools, the waste management system in Yelahanka, and the availability of infrastructure for people with disabilities.

• Who are the people around me?

• What are their religions, backgrounds and aspirations?

• What does it mean to be different?

• What can I learn about myself by serving others?

• What makes a group of people a team?

Students at this level consider the deeper meaning behind everyday life and people. They explore their own identities and learn what it means to be an individual, both independently and as part of a larger ecosystem.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Term 1:  2 full days in Grades 6-8 AND 1 week of On- Campus in Grade 6

Term 2: 2 full days in Grades 6-8 AND 1 week of On-Campus/On-Site in Grade 6

Term 3: 1 full day in Grades 6-8 AND 1 week of On- Campus in Grade 6 AND 3 weeks of On-campus/On-Site in Grades 7-8

HOW CAN STUDENTS GET THE MOST OUT OF CL?

  • Carry sunscreen, hat and water when away from campus
  • Develop digital literacy by contributing to a CL blog
  • Engage in critical thinking about CL’s essential questions
  • Keep a journal to reflect in at the end of each day
  • Read about current events & social issues
  • Represent CIS to visitors as respectful, caring and attentive hosts
  • Represent CIS on field trips as respectful, mindful and thoughtful guests
  • Thoughtfully plan & present learnings on CL Share Days
  • Wear CL field trip uniform

ABOUT CIS

CIS is a culturally-rich mosaic, serving each student by providing a world-class international education, nurturing potential, developing life-long skills, and preparing students for an ever-changing global community.

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