New School Model
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New School Model

The New School Model (NSM) is the foundation for an improved educational system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
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This model is based on a student-centered learning approach, where students learn in a resource and technology-rich environment, within modern teaching facilities. A wide variety of learning activities cater to the different learning styles of each student.

Within this model, the curriculum, which is linked to student learning outcomes, and the new teaching methods enhance student learning by developing the student as a communicator, a thinker and a problem solver.

This educational approach includes the following key elements: developing the students’ Arabic and English literacy; consistent use of student learning outcomes; continuous support and professional development of teachers through curriculum guides, teacher resources and the consistent resourcing of all classrooms with a variety of carefully selected materials and supplies.

The objectives of the NSM are to: foster a child-centered learning environment; Develop Arabic and English language abilities, critical thinking and cultural and national identity and to standardize the curriculum, pedagogy, resources and support across all ADEC schools.

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In 2010, the New School Model was introduced in all KG and Grade 1-3 classes in government schools in Abu Dhabi.
 

In 2010, the NSM was introduced in all KG and Grade 1-3 classes in government schools in Abu Dhabi. The NSM was expanded to include Grade 4 in 2011 and Grade 5 in 2012. The NSM will be rolled out to additional grades in future years.

 Outcomes-Based Curriculum

The NSM curriculum is organized around a set of learning standards and student learning outcomes for subjects that are defined by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and has a dual focus on the Arabic and English languages.

These learning standards are consistent across all Abu Dhabi schools and are the center of the curriculum for the NSM.

To support the implementation of the NSM, ADEC provides a set of detailed learning standards for all subjects. Students are expected to demonstrate a specific set of skills, knowledge or levels of understanding in each subject and in each grade.

These learning standards are consistent across all Abu Dhabi schools and are the center of the curriculum for the NSM. Teachers are responsible for delivering instruction through methods that enable all students to achieve the learning expectations. This requires teachers to have a clear and precise understanding of the learning standards in the grades and subjects that they teach along with an understanding of the development of each student for whom they are responsible.

 Use of Resources

Students are expected to learn by doing, not by just listening and watching.

Teachers use a variety of instructional materials and methods to teach the curriculum. To support implementation of the NSM, ADEC provides all schools with instructional materials for every classroom in order to ensure that all teachers have sufficient tools and resources to use in helping students achieve the learning expectations.

Instructional materials are used in a way that creates an active learning environment for students. Students are expected to learn by doing, not by just listening and watching. While textbooks are part of the learning resources, additional resources are used to supplement and enrich each subject’s content.

 eLearning, ICT and Education

eLearning plays a critical role in the NSM. eLearning is learning enhanced by digital technology. It supports and enables student-centred learning experiences that are flexible, collaborative, interactive, engaging and authentic. So it is using technology, and especially information and communication technology (ICT), to support teaching and learning.

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Teaching and learning using “eLearning” ensures that developmentally-appropriate technology is used as a tool to enhance the other resources that the teacher is using.

As Abu Dhabi moves toward a knowledge-based economy consistent with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, it is essential that students develop ICT skills in early grades to build a foundation for more advanced learning.

Teaching and learning using “eLearning” ensures that developmentally-appropriate technology is used as a tool to enhance the other resources that the teacher is using.

The NSM (grades KG -5 in 2012-13), requires that all teachers use appropriate eLearning to support teaching and learning activities across all subject areas. Since the number and availability of technologies and tools are continuously increasing, teachers will always need to find new ways of using eLearning in their classrooms. Ongoing professional development will continue to be offered to support this approach.

 Assessment

The NSM, recognizes that on-going assessment is central to effective teaching and learning.

The NSM, recognizes that on-going assessment is central to effective teaching and learning.

Successful implementation of the NSM requires an understanding of the purpose of student assessment and a specific approach to how assessment is conducted and utilized in the classroom.

Continuous assessment of students by teachers is useful to help teachers understand what students have learned and what teaching methods and resources can be used to enable students to meet the learning outcomes.

In addition to the use of continuous assessment of students, an annual assessment of student progress also occurs.

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