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Sovereignty Education

Sovereignty Education

CURIOSITY  >>  COMPETENCY  >>  CREATIVITY 

De Silva, H.D.

 

The purpose of sovereignty education is to help individuals to understand and appreciate the world they live in, including themselves and their uniqueness; so that they may apply their unique faculties to opportunities and challenges presented, and transform aspects of their living for personal and greater good.

At the core of sovereignty education is the proposition that every person is uniquely skillful, and has already within themselves an essence of goodness and the creative potential to excel in their skillful ability and achieve greatness.

We are all unique beings gifted with a prodigious potential. Our life is a journey towards the fulfilment of this potential. In life, we long to discover and express our unique faculties. We then seek to develop and refine our unique faculties by applying them to opportunities and challenges and so transform aspects of our living for personal and greater good.

 

One of the five fundamental needs of the Human condition is the need for personal growth (De Silva, HD). This need for personal growth is satisfied whenever we achieve sovereignty. Whenever we are mindful of our unique-self and be our unique-self in thoughts, words and deeds we achieve sovereignty. In being sovereign (and not being distracted by other's agenda) we satisfy our need for personal growth and experience the bliss of freedom. Freedom in its wholeness is the splendid bliss that we experience when we live our heart’s longing, expressing our unique and gifted faculties, for personal and greater good.

 

Sovereignty unleashes an individual's unique potential. Sovereignty education empowers individuals to discover and express their unique faculties so they may achieve sovereignty and experience the bliss of freedom. With sovereignty, individuals are then self-empowered to develop and refine their unique faculties, unleash their innate potential and achieve great things that benefit them, their community, the economy and the environment.

A teaching that enables us to achieve an outcome is an instruction. A teaching that empowers us to discover our heart’s longing, express our unique faculties and unleash our prodigious potential for personal and greater good is a priceless wealth. This wealth of instruction is Sovereignty Education.

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The 3-fold Task for the Teacher

 

In a positive nurturing environment:

1. Provide opportunities for meaningful inspiration: Experience a concept.

  • Help individuals to see things in a new light and feel inspired. [Stimulus Study]

  • Help them to gain a sense of self-worth for their self-confidence.

2. Provide opportunities for profound understanding: Connect concepts

  • Help individuals to connect knowledge and broaden their horizon/perspective. [Insight Study]

  • Help them to understand their world, themselves and their unique faculties that hold great potential.

3. Provide opportunities for unique expression: Consolidate concepts

  • Help individuals to demonstrate their learning by expressing their unique faculties and gain a sense of achievement. [Creative Study]

  • Help them to develop and refine their unique faculties through arising opportunities and transform aspects of their living, for personal and greater good.

In a positive nurturing environment a teacher demonstrates serenity, reverence, respect, loving kindness, mindfulness, wise counsel, honest impartiality, high expectations, equity and positive validation.


 

“Each one in this world  is gifted to excel at one thing.”  - Proverb, Heladiva

"Education is kindling of a flame, not filling a vessel."

- Socrates

"The potential is contained in the flower, which blossoms not because you direct it to, but because you release its potential by providing positive conditions of light, water, temperature, fertilizer, and soil."

- Richard Daft and Robert Lengel (Fusion Leadership)

The Lesson Cycle

The key strategy of Sovereignty Education is to help the learner discover and express unique faculties for personal and greater good.

This is achieved by providing opportunities for

  • Inspiration ->>  Curiosity  >> Self-discovery

  • Knowledge ->>  Competency  >> Self-efficacy

  • Performance ->>  Creativity  >> Self-expression

Through opportunities for inspiration, knowledge and performance students gain the achievements of self-discovery, self-efficacy and self-expression. In this way, Sovereignty Education empowers the learner to discover and express his or her unique faculties and achieve the vital gem of sovereignty.  [NB: Self-efficacy as defined here is simply the ability to perceive and see clearly and the ability to do and do skillfully.]

In moving from curiosity to competency and creativity, Sovereignty Education adopts a three lesson, Lesson cycle:

Lesson A:  Acquire Direct Knowledge

STIMULUS STUDY- 'Self-discovery'

Learning by doing - Experience a phenomenon

DISCOVER through Curiosity

Lesson Elements:

 

ON THE BOARD

  • Learning Intention and one Success criteria.

  • Settling down writing activity: Date, lesson title and three relevant dot points of value added enduring information that is useful, meaningful, engaging and insightful.

  • Inquiry questions: What? Who? When? Where?

STORY TELLING ACTIVITY

1. Narrative - Curious Context  (Teacher)

  • Teacher presents a curious, real-life context - providing the students with the opportunity for meaningful inspiration.

 

CHALLENGING ACTIVITY

2. Observe - Identify Things  (Student)

  • Student identifies things using one's senses.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Identify: Recognise and name

 

INTEGRATIVE ACTIVITY

3. Describe - Words & Figures  (Student/s)

  • Student/s use words and figures to convey information factually and accurately.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Describe: Provide characteristics and features.

 

SELF ASSERTIVE ACTIVITY

4. Analyse - Trends & Patterns   (Student/s)

  • Student/s analyse information and show trends and patterns.

  • Student/s see things in a new light and feel inspired.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Analyse: Identify components and the relationship between them; draw out and relate implications

 

STORY TELLING ACTIVITY

5. Reflect - Summarise Findings  (Student/s)

  • Student/s summarize findings.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Summarise: Express, concisely, the relevant details

Lesson B:  Acquire Learned Knowledge

INSIGHT STUDY- 'Self-efficacy'

Learning by knowing - Connect ideas

LEARN through Competency

Lesson Elements:

 

ON THE BOARD

  • Learning Intention and one Success criteria.

  • Settling down writing activity: Date, lesson title and three relevant dot points of value added enduring information that is useful, meaningful, engaging and insightful.

  • Inquiry questions: How? How much? How well? Why?

STORY TELLING ACTIVITY

1. Narrative - Learned Content  (Teacher)

  • Teacher connects ideas - providing the students with the opportunity for profound understanding.

 

CHALLENGING ACTIVITY

2. Know - Define Things  (Student)

  • Student interprets written, numerical, visual or graphical information.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Define: State meaning and identify essential qualities.

 

INTEGRATIVE ACTIVITY

3. Understand - Explain things  (Student/s)

  • Student/s connect ideas from different sources and acquire a deeper understanding.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Explain: Relate the cause and effect. Make the relationships between things evident. Provide why and/or how.

 

SELF ASSERTIVE ACTIVITY

4. Apply - Connect the dots   (Student/s)

  • Student/s connect the dots with new, deeper understanding.

  • Student/s acquire knowledge and broaden their horizon / perspective.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Apply: Use, utilise, employ in a particular situation.

 

STORY TELLING ACTIVITY

5. Appraise - Assess ability (Student/s)

  • Student/s assess ability, strengths and weaknesses.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Assess: Make a judgement of value, quality, outcomes, results or size

Lesson C:  Acquire Intuitive Knowledge

CREATIVE STUDY- 'Self-expression'

Learning by creating - Consolidate concepts

EXPRESS through Creativity

Lesson Elements:

 

ON THE BOARD

  • Learning Intention and one Success criteria.

  • Settling down writing activity: Date, lesson title and three relevant dot points of value added enduring information that is useful, meaningful, engaging and insightful.

  • Inquiry questions: What if? What else? Why not?

STORY TELLING ACTIVITY

1. Narrative - Learned Concepts  (Teacher)

  • Teacher consolidates concepts - providing the students with the opportunity for unique expression.

 

CHALLENGING ACTIVITY

2. Imagine - Construct Ideas  (Student)

  • Student constructs ideas.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Construct: Make; build; put together items or arguments.

 

INTEGRATIVE ACTIVITY

3. Discuss - Possibilities & Limitations (Student/s)

  • Student/s discuss possibilities and limitations.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Discuss: Identify issues and provide points for and/or against.

 

SELF ASSERTIVE ACTIVITY

4. Create - Summative product   (Student/s)

  • Student/s create a summative product of learning.

  • Student/s demonstrate learning by expressing their unique faculties and gain a sense of achievement.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Create: Putting together various elements to make a whole.

 

STORY TELLING ACTIVITY

5. Evaluate - Pros & Cons  (Student/s)

  • Student/s examine the pros and cons.

  • NESA KEY-VERB:  Evaluate: Make a judgement based on criteria. Determine the value of.

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"There's an artist imprisoned in each one of us. Let him loose to spread joy everywhere."

- Bertrand Russell

"I believe that the only true education comes through the stimulation of the child's powers by the demands of the social situations in which he finds himself."

- John Dewey

(My Pedagogic Creed, 1897)

"I KEEP six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who."

- Rudyard Kipling

With reverence,
See the beauty in the child,
The unique heart that has come before thee.
For it is he, who will enlighten the world,

For it is she, who will lighten the way.
Towards sovereignty,
Lead them all with love and wisdom,
To shine in their own path,
As the creative beings they long to be.

- H.D. De Silva

The great and noble task of a teacher is to inspire students to keep learning for themselves: about the realities, possibilities and alternatives in their lives and the necessary skills to take advantage of arising opportunities; so they may best apply their unique faculties to better care for themselves, others and the environment.

- H.D. De Silva

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Assessment of learning

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

In Sovereignty Education, the teacher and the student use the same appraisal tool to assess the student's effort, ability and achievement.

 

SE - Formative Grading System:

 HA  - Highly Accomplished

  • Demonstrates a Very high Level of skill / competency (Accomplished work)

  • I am really good at all of this! (I can do this, explain it and teach others).

 A  - Accomplished

  • Demonstrates an Adequate level of skill / competency (Competent work)

  • I am good at most of this. (I can do most of this and explain it).

 N  - Novice

  • Demonstrates a Limited level of skill / competency (Developing work)

  • I need some help with this OR I need motivation to do this.

 

Stimulus Study - Success Criteria (SC)
  I can Identify things using my senses.    HA    A     N    
✅  I can use words and figures to convey information factually and accurately.   HA 
   A     N    
✅  I can analyse information and show trends and patterns.    HA   
A    
✅  I can summarize findings.  HA 
   A    

Insight Study - Success Criteria (SC)
✅  I can interpret written, numerical, visual or graphical information.   HA 
   A    
✅  I can connect ideas from different sources and acquire a deeper understanding.   HA    A   
 
✅  I can solve problems with new, deeper understanding.   HA    A   
 
✅  I can assess ability, strengths and weaknesses.    HA    A   
 

Creative Study - Success Criteria (SC):
✅  I can construct ideas.    HA    A   
 
✅  I can discuss possibilities and limitations.    HA    A   
 
✅  I can create a summative product of learning.   HA    A    
✅  I can examine the pros and cons.   HA    A   
 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

In Sovereignty Education, students undertake a creative study in a particular area of their interest. The result of their creative study is presented as a Product of Masterful Work to a wider audience including their peers, teachers and parents. It is this Product of Masterful Work that is assessed by the teacher using the following SE summative grading system.

SE - Summative Grading System

SE Level 1 - NOVICE -  

The student's Product of Masterful Work demonstrates a developing level of skill and a basic knowledge and understanding of the subject matter; acquired through observation, care and creativity. The student has worked with some assistance and own effort to create a product of reasonable quality.

SE Level 2 - ACCOMPLISHED -  A 

The student's Product of Masterful Work demonstrates developed levels of skill and a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject matter; acquired through observation, mindfulness, honest-impartiality, care and creativity. The student has worked independently and consulted broadly to create a product of quality, which demonstrates a uniqueness in form, function, motion, composition or interaction.

 

SE Level 3 - HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED -  HA 

The student's Product of Masterful Work demonstrates refined levels of skill and an extensive knowledge and understanding of the subject matter; acquired through detailed observations, critical thinking, mindfulness, honest-impartiality, passionate-diligence, care and creativity. The student has worked independently and researched extensively to create a unique product of elegance, which demonstrates refinement in form, function, motion, composition or interaction.

When students graduate from high school, they will have collected a Portfolio of Masterful Work to present to prospective employers, organisations or institutions. 

Elders in our societies, with their vast life experiences can and should significantly add to the inspiration, knowledge and performance of our young. Their compassionate generosity, loving kindness, mindfulness, honest impartiality and passionate diligence, can make a significant difference, to the life (and future) of a young person in need. There is mutual fulfilment in such an endeavour.
- H.D. De Silva

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