Experiential Learning is a viable solution to the inconsistencies in our education system. The concept is not new and has long been observed as a valid educational discipline
Experiential learning is a process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Experiential learning does just that. Our innovative lab-classrooms have the right setting and tools required for experiential learning to take place. Our teachers are trained to fade into the background and let the learning happen in the way it is supposed to
How it works?
Years of research into teaching methodologies indicate that students grasp concepts and learn better with practical application of concepts in real world problems. Actively making decisions and learning from the outcomes or by reflection on the consequences.
The teachers acts as a facilitator in the classroom, they present challenges to the class and the students are allowed to tackle the problems on their own. The facilitator’s role is to guide the students as they are actively learning from the results of their actions. Such experiential activities allow for students to learn from their mistakes early in the conceptual stage and therefore, allowing them build strong foundations on new concepts.
Traditional Learning vs Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning is a viable solution to the inconsistencies in our education system. The concept is not new and has long been observed as a valid educational discipline known under different names such as flexible learning, community engagement education or outdoor education. Introducing experiential learning activities in the conventional curriculum negates the redundancies of tedious rote based learning and instead creates a more memorable experience for our students.
Experiential learning in the national education policy,2020
The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 clearly iterates that “experiential learning” will be adopted in all stages of learning across all syllabuses, including hands-on learning approaches as well as sports/arts-integrated education. Pedagogy will employ story-telling and inter subject relatability. The NEP timeline for nation-wide implementation is estimated to be completed by the year 2040 with the initial road map starting of in 2022, however, our immense passion for the discipline urged us to make it available to our students as soon as possible.
Our Team at Harvest sincerely believe that experiential learning is an essential tool in a teacher’s handbook which can effectively be used to help students shift from rote based study to learning by experience and activity.
Experiential Learning at Harvest International
Harvest International has adopted the renowned Kolb’s model for experiential learning, which is essentially broken down to four steps:
Intellectually Stimulating Activities
Integrated lab classrooms
We have upgraded our classroom infrastructure to integrate a lab workshop facility for every student within the classroom. This facility will help students of Harvest tackle the sciences in a sophisticated manner. We have collaborated with various vendors to provide us with materials that can be used for simple science experiments that very effectively communicate the concept.
These experiments can now be performed in the class room simultaneously as students are learning the new concepts theoretically. This will not only provide a holistic learning experience for the students but also will free up the primary lab time for more advanced learning and experiments.
“A place where children can experience farming first hand.”
Harvest aims to provide its students with an exciting learning opportunity that will allow them to study the agriculture industry and the farming lifestyle. The program encompasses multiple disciplines ranging from biology to geography to the commerce of agricultural produce. Students will follow the entire journey of how food comes from the farm to our plate. Students will also have an opportunity to observe the utility of cattle animals and their significance in the farmer’s world.
The core aim of Harvest Farmscape is to provide our students with a unique insight into the farming lifestyle which will teach our students the significance of a farmer in our society and economy. We hope that they develop a greater appreciation for the food that we eat and for the hard work and dedication of our farmers.
WHAT OUR COMMUNITIES ARE SAYING
WHAT OUR COMMUNITIES ARE SAYING
Mr. Rakesh Radhakrishnan
Father of Ishika Mangatt (2B) and Yash Mangatt (11A)
“We all want to choose only the best for our kids and I believe I have taken the right decision by choosing Harvest International School for both my kids. Have been associated with the school since 2014 and feel proud watching my son grow from a 4th grader to a fine young man through these years. When it came to our younger daughter, we never thought about any other option. The management has left no stones unturned to ensure that quality education is provided to the kids. The science exhibitions, sports days, cultural activities, club activities, external competitions and many more events like that are moments my kids cherish. The faculties are highly competent and approachable. Under the recent changes forced upon us by the pandemic, HIS has adapted exceptionally well and put all the required technology in place and made the transition very smooth for the kids. Thank you Team Harvest and keep up the good work!”
Parent of Chirag, Class of 2018
"My son Chirag studied at Harvest for 6 years and through this time I have witnessed his transformation from a young boy into a wonderful young adult. The school has a strong scholastic and co-scholastic curriculum that truly helped Chirag in discovering his strengths and areas of improvement. I sincerely believe that Harvest International School truly lives up to their philosophy- “Education beyond Classrooms”; I found that Chirag has substantial knowledge into subject areas out of his academic syllabus which I discovered to be a product of Harvest’s unique way of teaching. I’m very grateful to the teaching staff for creating a wonderful learning environment for my son."
Student, Class of 2018
"My school has had a great impact on my life, it provided me with multiple opportunities to grow and discover my own potential. The academic infrastructure was well equipped, teachers were very patient and supportive with me. They encouraged me to pursue knowledge and passion, lessons I will cherish forever. Each and every day at school was intriguing and a lot of fun."
Student, Class of 2017
"The small cohort at Harvest International allowed me to get more facetime with my teachers and also helped in developing better relationships with my peers. I found the support provided to me by my teachers to be incredible, they helped me pick out my next area of study and guided me with college options and future opportunities. High School at Harvest will always be the most memorable experiences of my life."
Father of Dheeraj (Class of 2016)
“ My son had the complete schooling experience that I hoped he would receive when we took his admission in 2011. We have been part of the Harvest Family ever since its inception and we have never had any problem with the school. Harvest International gives a lot of importance to values and ethics alongside education, the school has great extra-curricular activities and workshops which my son found to be very inspiring and educational. The staff and admin were very accommodative to our needs and queries and I would definitely recommend Harvest International School for all students.”
Mr. K.S Nathan
Father of Shruthi Nathan (Class of 2019) and Sai Shyaam ( XB, Class of 2021)
“In 2014, we were truly blessed when both our kids got the opportunity to be a part of the Harvest International School, Bangalore. The guidance and support from the management as well as staff are just incredible. During the last seven years, we have come across teachers who are welcoming, informative and dedicated to the students. Harvest not only focuses on academics but also encourages students to be creative thinkers. Today they have both the CBSE and IB curriculums that can cater to a student’s needs and choices. I would recommend this school to everyone for it is the best school in Bangalore.”
Both my kids went to Cherubs Montessori and My kids were always eager to go to school and excited about doing something new every day. Kind of attention that all teachers, including the Principal Mrs. Vijaya, give to each and every kid in class should be applauded. They are very friendly and courteous. I also have enjoyed doing activities with my kids on Parents day/Father's day in their school. Overall I am very happy that my kids went to Cherubs Montessori.
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We have classes from Kindergarten to Grade 8
Harvest is affiliated to the CBSE board
We have CCTV cameras fitted across the school and a team for surveillance. The perimeters of the school are guarded by well-trained guards. As for the wellbeing of our students and staff, we have a fully equipped infirmary with qualified nurses.
We pride ourselves in having a low student teacher ratio. The current ratio is 10:1.
We believe in students having a comfortable uniform which doesn’t required too much maintenance. It is the same uniform for both girls and boys.
Our Montessori to Grade 3 classes will not have more than 28 students per class and classes upwards will not have more than 30 students per class.
Extracurricular activities are given equal importance. We offer a variety of Sports, Music, Dance, Cubs & Bubuls and after school club activities.
We offer Hindi and Kannada only.
We have 2 PTMs in a year. However, parents can take an appointment to meet with the respective teacher during the course of the year.
We have our own inhouse transport team. The bus fleet is fully owned and run by us. The service is optional and offered to all students within 15km radius of the school.
The buses are fitted with a CCTV camera, GPS tracker and speed governor. We also have a lady attendant who accompanies the students in the bus. Some of our teachers also commute by the school bus.
Harvest Farmscape is a farmland attached to our Attibele campus. It is developed by us to help students understand the process of growing crops, interacting with domestic animals and finally to get their hands dirty in the process of learning farming.
We use Google Classrooms and Microsoft teams to conduct our online classes.