Giving Life to Learning
The founders of Awaken Genius (AG) are education professionals with vast knowledge and experience of the educational system, with insight into why some pupils are unable to thrive within the mainstream school environment.
As a result of extensive observation in mainstream school settings as well as researching education in various global communities, we are able to provide a much needed service for pupils and their parents.
Are Pupils "Excluded" From Learning?
When pupils struggle to learn the way mainstream schools expect them to, many are labelled as "difficult", "challenging", or even "unintelligent" - especially when expressing their frustration.
Pupils may present as distracted, disruptive, defiant, disaffected, etc., due to their needs not being met in the mainstream classroom.
In addition, vulnerable children may not be able to see a future in education and would therefore be unmotivated with regards to learning. Consequently, they may seek a sense of belonging elsewhere; for example in gang culture and knife crime. This is one of the major causes of school exclusions.
It can also affect their self esteem which could result in, among other consequences: bullying, anger management or anxiety issues.
We offer a fun, alternative educational setting for pupils with mixed abilities, who may learn in different ways. Our focus subjects are Maths and English, taught in a collaborative, learning classroom community, in order to improve attainment through creativity.
By weaving in the creative arts; for example: music, drama, dance, and more; we use various aides to incorporate Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing and Kinaesthetic learning, alongside aspects of traditional, mainstream schooling methods, in order to stimulate various learning mechanisms for the individual pupil.
AG aims to reduce exclusion in mainstream schools as well as address emotional and anger management issues affecting pupils' progress, development and attainment. We achieve this by making learning engaging and meaningful; we also focus on pupils' well-being, in order to empower, nurture and inspire them to realise their potential and become life-long learners.
Students feedback to Awaken Genius Programme
Below, is a list of our creative and collaborative classroom community roles in developing children and its benefits:
When pupils work in collaboration towards a common goal, learning becomes an activity valued by peers.
In addition, pupils are motivated to help one another learn; translating the teacher's language into "student language.”
Pupils, who are able to explain tasks to one another, are effectively, strengthening their own learning as they are required to organise their thoughts in order to explain them to classroom, community members; they must engage in thinking that builds on other ideas (cognitive elaboration), which greatly enhances their own understanding.
Classroom community members can also provide individual attention and assistance to one another.
Moreover, regular and constructive collaborative, classroom community groups supports pupils in mastery of material, exam preparation as well as better performance in examinations.
Make learning fun and meaningful.
Use creative arts-based activities to enliven math and English.
Raise Math and English attainment levels with transferable skills for other subjects in order to achieve full potential.
Inclusive learning environment - engaging a wide range of learning styles.
Improve learning retention.
Reduce exclusions in mainstream school.
Build safe, creative learning classroom communities.
Increase children's confidence, motivation, and leadership.
Reduce anxiety or anger management in children.
Build strong, cohesive groups.
Boost inner motivation and confidence.
Develop key life skills.
Bring out the quiet voices.
Minimise resistance and disruptive behaviour.
Engage every student.
Minimise classroom disruptions.
Increase trust between administrators, teachers, and students.
Develop a culturally responsive classrooms, and much more!
Phase 1 Building a Learning Community
Aims and objectives
Creative and collaborative exercises
We are all Geniuses
Phase 2 Creative Math and English
Circle time - creative activity 15 mins
Creative math activity 40 mins
Circle time - reflection 15 mins
Circle time - creative activity 15 mins
Creative English activity 40 mins
Circle time - reflection and ubuntu affirmation 15 mins