The TNS Experience (Experiential Learning)
If children are not just passive learners, their natural curiosity and independence come to the fore. If they are given structured, meaningful strategies to search and discover for themselves, they ‘learn by doing’. The project-based learning programme at TNS fosters and exploits the innate abilities and unique potential of children to be active stakeholders in their own development and learning. With the freedom to express themselves and explore their world through experiment, experience and constructive strategies, children develop their creative intelligence, free thought and individuality.
The teacher has a very special role in this scenario and is committed to reciprocal learning; listening, observing and provoking thinking rather than simply providing information. Primarily a facilitator, the teacher is also a researcher, a resource and a guide.
The educational practices that prevail today compel students to rote learn and regurgitate information without understanding how knowledge can be applied in practical terms. At TNS, the focus is firmly on the teaching of practical, real-life skills rather than textbook theory: authentic learning activities rather than decontextualised and classroom-based tasks. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom.