SCIL Learning Model
At its simplest form, the SCIL Learning Model is about learning and opportunity. On the one hand, there is a recurrent focus on developing a strong culture of self-directed learning, with an emphasis on critical and applied deep thinking. Project-based learning supports this approach well. On the other hand, we wish all students to recognise, have access to, and take up, opportunities that will grow them as pro-active compassionate leaders with integrity and moral strength, as they journey through their learning.
Learning and opportunity
It is not so much a prescriptive model, rather a model that constructs the pillars that can be contextualised to both situation and community. The focus of education is an experience of a positive community, within which students access the information, learning and opportunities necessary for a successful adult life. Curriculum is designed so that our students experience a rich, personalised and authentic learning pathway.
The SCIL Learning Model requires the shaping of student learning culture as an active daily process. Experiencing a positive learning culture is of utmost importance to engagement into learning. The positive learning culture has to be stronger than any other culture that the students might experience. Relationship is of vital importance and teacher capacity to engage positively with students is foundational within the model. The model ensures that students experience the depth of passion and progress that can come from learning within highly functional teams.
There is an assumption that passionate engagement enables students to move more rapidly through mandated curriculum as a result of deeper levels of engagement with learning. Project-based learning fundamentally provides the opportunity for this to occur. Curriculum design provides the opportunity for students to immerse themselves in topics of passion and high interest.
The SCIL Learning Model recognises the impact that outstanding explanation, purposeful feedback and peer tutoring has on effective learning. It recognises the importance of diverse learning styles: visual, kinaesthetic and verbal.
The SCIL Learning Model understands the influence outstanding design can have on learning. The built environment is very important in shaping a positive and engaged learning culture. It recognises the need to cater for a variety of groupings of learners. Deep learning often occurs in contexts of intense conversation. Space should therefore have the capacity to be agile, active and adaptive. Opportunity should be created to enable individual, small group or large group learning.