The team at Strategum Group is working rigorously to unveil it latest project, Hillside School, Coimbatore. The Hillside School is a 21st Century School, made as per International Standards, a first of its kind in Coimbatore. Strategum had taken up this turnkey school project a year ago and now the first leg is towards completion. Strategum’s services included entire planning, help with architecture/interiors, hiring of faculty, affiliations and licences moving on to admissions and marketing. For a complete list of our services click here.
Why 21st Century School ?
Children today are growing up in the tech age, their learning is happening anywhere, everywhere and is self directional. In this era of globalization, children need essential skills for better communication and learning.
Thinking critically and creatively is a skill that a School needs to develop in their students, to be successful in the future. Students need to learn life-skills to meet challenges of everyday life in healthy, responsible and acceptable ways. We need to teach core subjects for a strong foundation but students should also develop competence in problem solving, decision-making and many more skills. We need to focus more on skills and less on content.
Marks should not be the only criteria to judge a student. Albert Einstein rightly said, ‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’
The 21st Century Classroom
The design and layout of the classrooms at Hillside School are made keeping in mind, the need to develop the skills required by the 21st Century student
The 21st Century classroom aims to create an environment that foster students’ personal growth in communication, collaboration, creativity, and leadership skills. Wondering what the classroom looks like? Here’s a peek at the Hillside School 21st century classroom
The driving concept behind a 21st century classroom design is flexibility; An agile space also gives teachers the ability to respond to different students’ needs. Typically, the classroom will also include some version of a group gathering area, multiple seating options, and a flex zone that can be adapted for more unique learning activities.
Furniture for Utility
To allow for maximum utility of the space, portable furniture is a must in the 21st century classroom design. On average, children spend about ten hours of their day sitting, so classroom furniture should accommodate for their natural need to move. Giving students options that allow them to rock, bounce, and rotate while they are sitting provides for enhanced circulation and concentration throughout the day.
It’s no surprise that technology integration is a key aspect of modern classroom design. Technology, whether it is laptops, tablets, or mobile devices, puts information at students’ fingertips and motivates them to research and make discoveries. In addition, technology integration supports inclusive classrooms as it allows students to move at their own pace, whether they are looking for opportunities for enrichment or need help to catch up.
A Light-Filled Environment
Believe it or not, lighting is an important part of 21st century classroom design. Natural and incandescent light through the use of windows and lamps is being used in the 21st Century. Not only does this make students more comfortable and reduce headaches, but studies have shown that student learning rates have improved between 7 and 26 percent in classrooms that are exposed to adequate natural lighting.
The construction is on full swing at the school and the recruitment of the staff and faculty too has begin along side. India has a shortage of 21st Century Educators and Strategum is currently training the hired faculty to unlearn their teaching methods and learn to be a facilitator.
Work in Progress at the Hillside School, Coimbatore