Ubuntu and my teaching philosophy
“Ubuntu”, translated into English means “I am because we are”. Ubuntu expresses the interconnectedness, compassion and the responsibility of individuals to each other while building and maintaining communities. The Ubuntu Culture is at the core of my teaching philosophy. My teaching praxis embodies ten "Cultures of C’s".
The culture of Compassion, Care and Kindness (to others and one's self):
It costs nothing but the outcomes are inestimable. I am a strong advocate for social and emotional learning (SEAL), positive education and Well-Being practices. I believe it is crucial that we integrate these strategies into every aspect of learning to educate the whole child, not merely facets of an individual.
The culture of Curiosity, Challenge and Growth:
I provide students with a series of age-appropriate, authentic, inquiry opportunities to become independent, autonomous learners to gain resilience, knowledge and essential life skills. I inspire and motivate students while scaffolding their learning so that they can take ownership and agency of their education.
The culture of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:
I actively encourage students to problem solve, experiment, to be curious, to make mistakes and try again. I am a strong advocate for Project Based and Inquiry Learning. The skills learnt from Project-Game-Based and Inquiry Learning equip the student to be curious, think critically, holistically, beyond boundaries and out of the box into creative solution-finding. This flexibility of the mind is vital for the student’s future.
The Culture of Communication, Cognitive Coaching and Student Conferencing
The culture of Conscientiousness and Deliberate Practice
The culture of Concept-based learning, Project-based learning and Creative Habits-based learning
The culture of Collaboration and Connection:
The class should be a safe and supportive environment for every student so that they can have the confidence to explore, experiment and learn through collaboration and learning communities. I create a sense of play and curiosity about collaborating, investigating, innovating and risk-taking within the classroom; which should in turn spill out into the school environment and the wider community.
The culture of Creativity and Innovation:
It is crucial that I nurture and weave a creative thread through every student. Creativity and innovation matter and should be shared and celebrated. When students engage in creative and innovative activities, their soft skills and Meta-cognition develop. They learn about socialisation and formulate individual passions.
The culture of Choice and Agency:
I value and respect student voice and agency. I believe that by promoting a culture that encourages student voice, I am supporting students to be authentic and have agency over their learning. In turn, fostering in each student positive learning habits and a love for lifelong learning.
The culture of Citizenship, Community and Leadership:
I reinforce positive relationships and collectively create a learning community that extends beyond the school walls. It is crucial that we teach our students how to be respectful, culturally sensitive and responsible global citizens, even better, to be Global leaders, working for this world, not in the world.