The aim of an Educational Framework is to help a school realize its vision in its entirety; therefore, a school will never simply be handed over a framework and planners without first discussing how best to implement them. It is during these discussions that timetabling will be addressed, and recommendations made so that the designed Educational Framework can work for a school at its maximum potential, as in the cases below:
The Language Framework: The vision behind the Language Framework included several elements, one of which was to streamline the English and Dutch curriculums as much as possible. The most effective way to do this was to schedule common prep times for the English and Dutch-stream teachers at each grade level to meet. By allowing them this time, they were able to plan their International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Language and Math units together and ensure that common objectives would be met across both streams. Although the planners that accompanied the Language Framework could have been completed by each teacher individually, it was through timetabling that the school’s vision to streamline curriculums could be achieved.
The Transitional Framework: The Transitional Framework was designed as part of a 14-week program to help Papuan students with limited or no English to transition to a university in America or another English-speaking country. With this in mind, the design of the timetable played an important role, and it was my recommendation that the best way to optimize student learning would be to have all classes that were taught in Bahasa Indonesia (the students’ native tongue) offered in the morning, and to repeat key concepts during Academic and Conversational English classes in the afternoon, as seen below.
Could the Transitional Framework still have worked without this schedule? Absolutely, but the impact made on student learning would not have been as great.
With every project taken on, we always aim to provide the best solutions possible for a school, and although having the flexibility to make the recommended changes to a timetable is ideal, if a school is unable to do so, the Educational Framework process can still be completed. Every effort will always be made to ensure the best possible outcomes! For more information about Educational Frameworks and how they can benefit your school, contact us.
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