Our philosophy involves understanding who we are and what we are capable of both individually and collectively. In moving towards a generation of individuals who are deeply connected to themselves, others and the world we need a fresh understanding of intelligence and ability, and a learning culture which takes the individual into account and develops the whole person.
Model of The Mind
Mind Zone embraces the view of multiple intelligences, which is the idea that intelligence is diverse and multi-faceted. We believe intelligence is much broader than anything that academic success or an IQ score can tell us. This is why the world is full of art, dance, sports, business, science, technology and invention. Howard Gardener the founder of the multiple intelligence theory suggests that there are at least 7 intelligences: Linguistic, Logical, Spatial, Kinaesthetic, Personal, Social and Musical intelligence. It is proposed that each of us has a unique blend of each of these intelligences which leads to the diversity in talent and potential we see all around us. To facilitate this diversity, our characters have been designed to each represent a unique set of skills and abilities that children can easily understand and link to themselves. In this way, Mind Zone aims to empower children in discovering their potential and to apply it in a meaningful way.
Learning is the process of acquiring new knowledge and skills. Our natural capacity to learn is evident in young children with their continuous questioning and exploration of ideas through play. It is Mind Zone’s view that any learning environment should harness this innate capacity to learn and drive it towards the development of the whole child. In applying this idea it is essential to create the conditions that achieve a balance between emotion and intellect so that every child’s personal thoughts, feelings and ideas can be evaluated in the context of the real world. Such an environment promotes continuous independent learning by creating opportunities for exercising imagination, self-expression and reflection. This will allow the child to develop an autonomous self that can generate original ideas, which have meaning both to themselves and to the world.
The role of Mind Zone coaches and teachers is to draw out the individual in every child. At the core of this idea is the teacher/coach child relationship. To get this relationship aligned with our philosophy our approach is to try to make the Mind Zone experience as personal as possible. To talk with the children not at them, to ask questions rather than give answers and to treat each of them differently based on their weakness and unique qualities.
In drawing out the individual in each child our teachers/coaches follow Ken Robinson’s four main roles:
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