When I was told two years ago that I would be heading the Cambridge Primary Section, I was ambivalent about the responsibility. I had no idea about what it would entail and at the same time, having taught till Grade XII in both the ISC and CBSE Sections, I knew it would not be Rocket Science!
And so began my research…I read all I could from various sources, I spoke to multiple Cambridge teachers and Heads. The more I read, the more I was convinced that it was a superlative curriculum- balanced as well as challenging. I also saw truth in the saying-
“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
I learnt teachers will be able to create learning environments embodying inquiry and authenticity so that at some point, our students will be empowered to think differently. I am sure that the children who have enrolled into the program have an advantage that will galvanize them into application of what they have learnt faster!
Leadership, teamwork, innovative thinking, imagination building and future orientations are ingrained into the curriculum. But, by far what reels me in is the importance the curriculum gives for reflection!
No curriculum can work unless you have colleagues who believe in the curriculum as much as you do. We were lucky in that- we have a set of teachers who believe passionately in the curriculum, who you don’t have to drive to do their research while they teach a topic and who are convinced that the Cambridge curriculum works at strengthening the roots.
Research links passionate teaching directly to a student’s willingness to learn and experience new ideas. That, my dear people, is the foundation on which this Section rests!
Ms. Anne Issac, Head – Cambridge