What does it mean to “Nurturing Great Global Leaders” in the 21st century?
At DBS, Great Global Leaders are children who know what they love to do, choose to do it, and can contribute to society.
Leadership skills can be developed from a young age in a child’s education, where the school lays a foundation in knowledge and develops skills in students through 3 processes.
1. Well-roundedness: Children have the opportunity to explore a wide range of interests in order to become well-rounded individuals.
2. Excellence: Children gain extensive knowledge and excel in their chosen subjects.
3. Entrepreneurship Mindset: Children have
Passion and inspiration stemming from their previous explorations.
Courage. Children must have the courage to pursue their passions by applying their creativity and inspiration to make their dreams a reality. Courage stems from confidence, which stems from their opportunity to try and test new things without being judged by adults.
What are the differences between the British Independent School curriculum used at DBS and the Thai school curriculum?
A triangle shape can be used to explain the British curriculum.
1. The triangle’s wide base is intended for young children. Children of this age will be exposed to a wide range of subjects and activities both in and out of the classroom. They will gain a broad range of knowledge, become more well-rounded, and gain a better understanding of themselves. “If you don’t try, you’ll never know.”
2. The triangle’s top tip is intended for older children. They will know what they like or are good at after they have learned a little bit of everything. They will then be able to pursue subjects that intrigue them and become experts in their chosen field.
“Know something about everything and know everything about something” is the key to success.
How can DBS help students develop 21st-century skills?
The British Independent School curriculum includes more after-school learning hours than most schools, with the emphasis on extracurricular activities where children can excel in their interests and develop life/soft skills such as leadership, communication, and teamwork to prepare them for future challenges.
Skills in the 21st century are no different than skills in previous centuries, but what distinguishes them is the rate of increase of knowledge in this century, which is constantly changing and updating.
It’s important to have a firm foundation of knowledge. To be able to learn and grow, one must first have a basic understanding of the subject.
Many billionaires who have made it big in business have done so by learning everything there is to know about their field.
What is the most important 21st century skill for today and tomorrow?
The most important 21st century skill is the ability to continue to learn.
In order to continue learning, we must first establish a solid foundation of knowledge using the ‘mental framework’ method.
When we try to conceptualise the world around us, we use our mental framework. Knowledge must be developed incrementally.
The development of knowledge depends on cognitive load. If there is too much cognitive load, it will become difficult to learn.
What are teachers’ and schools’ most significant roles and responsibilities?
Teachers at DBS use a unique teaching technique in which they gradually pass on knowledge to students, one step at a time, so that students can make sense of it and connect what they have learned. This will reduce their cognitive load and keep them from becoming confused.
Students will gain a thorough comprehension of a subject over time if they are taught in a methodical manner. As soon as they have a solid foundation of knowledge, they can apply it, link it to their talents, ask sensible questions, and continue to learn more efficiently.
DBS teachers utilise the Direct Instruction technique where they interactively engage in conversation with students. Teacher-student interaction is a two-way communication in which teachers deliver the subjects while constantly checking in to see if their students understand it or not.
Teachers also encourage students to learn on their own. When they do this they change the role of a ‘teacher’ to that of a ‘curator,’ who creates learning content to challenge students and instil confidence in them to face the future.
Using direct instruction techniques and teacher-student conversation, teachers can always monitor students’ levels of knowledge to determine what kind of knowledge they have or need more of. Children will be able to rapidly expand their knowledge and excel in their chosen field.
Teachers encourage children to ask questions and interact with teachers. As the saying goes, “If you ask a question, you will be a fool for 5 minutes. But if you don’t ask that question, you will be a fool forever.”
Therefore, the teachers’ job is to create, motivate, and encourage students to be inspired to learn. Technology may be capable of providing mass education and knowledge, but it is teachers who can guide, inspire, and support students.
Everyone, including the education system, teachers, and parents, must create an enabling environment for children to develop a love of learning from a young age. The main obstacle is that it takes time. We can be experts at anything if we have enough time to do it. Because of this, we must give the children time, care for and pay attention to them from an early age, and gradually and appropriately equip them with knowledge so that they can practice themselves and become well-rounded individuals ready to lead in the 21st century.
Nurturing Great Global Leaders บ่มเพาะผู้นำแห่งศตวรรษที่ 21 ตั้งแต่ยังเล็ก ที่โรงเรียนนานาชาติ DBS มีความหมายอย่างไร?
Great Global Leaders ในความหมายของ DBS คือการที่เด็กรู้ว่าตนเองมีความสนใจอะไร เลือกทำสิ่งนั้น และยังมอบคุณค่าให้สังคมได้ด้วย
ครูสนับสนุนให้เด็กตั้งคำถาม พูดคุยและโต้ตอบกับครู ดังคำกล่าวที่ว่า “ถ้าถามออกมา เธอจะเป็นคนโง่เพียง 5 นาที แต่ถ้าไม่ถาม เธอจะเป็นคนโง่ตลอดไป” (“If you ask a question, you will be a fool for 5 minutes. But if you don’t ask that question, you will be a fool forever.”)