Riv BE Framework
Rivervale Brand of Education (Riv BE)
In support of the school’s Vision of ‘School of Excellence, Individuals of Character’ and C2015 Student Outcomes, Riv BE is formulated to embrace TLLM, the 21st Century skills, PERI and MP3. Introduced in 2010 and rolled out in 2011, Riv BE is adapted from Kolb’s Experiential Learning Model and seeks to nurture students to communicate effectively and think critically with discernment.
Focusing teaching–learning on the learner, the unique features in Riv BE are:
- A holistically integrated curriculum
- ICT embedded lessons
- Lessons driven by thinking and critical reflections and
- Active involvement of students through purposeful engagement.
Why Riv BE? In view of TLLM, PERI recommendations, MP3 and C2015 Student Outcomes, there is a need for us to re-look at the ways we teach our students, to find the most effective ways for our students to learn and learn at their pace as well as how we can better engage them so as to motivate them to learn and to want to learn. We need to consider the profile of our learners of today and how are we going to prepare them for the 21st Century workforce.
Riv BE helps to link MOE initiatives such as TLLM, PETALS, I&E, PERI, MP3 into one framework so that teachers can see that these initiatives are inter-linked, inter-dependent and are in fact supporting one another towards achieving the bigger student outcomes.
While Riv BE helps us to communicate the importance and relevance of these initiatives to our teachers with better clarity, it also ‘forces’ us to look into nurturing our students to develop in them critical thinking and at the same time developing our teachers as curriculum leaders/innovators.
Currently Rivervale is already known for its quality experiential learning programmes be it within curriculum or outside curriculum time such as the use of hinterland for project-based and activity-based lessons, NE Trail and Project Globalisation. As Riv BE adapts David A Kolb’s Experiential Learning Model, teachers are now better able to see the importance of integrating the concepts, knowledge, skills and values to be taught with these authentic experiences thus making students’ learning more engaging and meaningful to real life.