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Through the Looking Glass

by Eddie Rayner

Economic globalisation has placed high demands on the current educational system, requiring students to become competent individuals in a constantly changing world. Today, students need to be independent and accountable for their own learning. We speak to Sheela George, the principal at ASPAM Indian International School, Sharjah, to get an insight into the matter.

“Teachers are only facilitators, motivating the students to reflect on their learning and grooming them to become ‘leaders in their own learning’,” she begins.

“To assist students, teachers should explicitly teach them what reflection is all about and allow them to practice during class time. Teachers should be trained by the school leadership team on the impact of effective reflection and on how well it engages students in stretching their thinking and learning process.

At ASPAM Indian International School, Sharjah, we ensure that our students reflect on all areas of learning, from morning special assemblies through to scholastic work and co-scholastic work.  When students are asked to reflect on their learning after an assessment, they are able to identify their strong areas and areas that need improvement. It is very important to develop meta-cognitive awareness among students, so that they are clear about what they know and where they need to ask for help.”

Sheela George is the principal at ASPAM Indian International School, Sharjah, with 29 years of experience as an educator and academic supervisor.