Sapna Academy is founded on the principals and ideas of self-directed learning, loose parts play, and putting kids at the helm of their own education. Much of the way we structure our program centers around the amazing work of Agile Learning Centers across the world. The original center was founded by parents in search of a different type of learning for their children. Over the past few years, we continued to expand our knowledge of agile learning and self-directed education. It is incredible to see the stories we have read about come to life in our own center. We are so proud of the community being created to foster independence, confidence, and a lifelong love of learning in our children.
To learn more about Agile Learning Centers and their work, please visit their website.
Here are a few reasons why we LOVE agile learning!
Agile Learning Centers restore the joy of learning with a surprisingly effective educational approach: intentional culture supporting self-directed learning reinforced by agile management tools.
We use a metaphor of a tree to illustrate this aspect of the ALC educational model more clearly.
The soil we grow from is trust: in students, in each other, in you. The four assumptions—roots—which ground us are as follows:
Learning: Learning is natural. It’s happening all the time.
Self-Direction: People learn best by making their own decisions. Children are people.
Experience: People learn more from their culture and environment than from the content they are taught. The medium is the message.
Success: Accomplishment is achieved through cycles of intention, creation, reflection and sharing.
We believe that all people–and children are people–have a right to self-determination and freedom from oppression. Part of the work of a facilitator at an ALC is that of constantly seeking to remove obstacles keeping learners from realizing their full potential; obstacles such as unmanageable shoelaces to systemic inequity.
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