Maverick Learning Centre

All your questions about the MLC answered here

Table of Contents

Why MLC?

How did the school get the idea of MLC? What is the objective of the MLC?

How will MLC make me (the student) different from others?

Am I ready for MLC?

Structure

What will be the venue of MLC?

Is MLC for whole year? What if after a year we want to go back to MYP?

Is MLC a board like CBSE / IB?

What about the 10th certificate if continue with the MLC for 4 years?

How will we integrate with the MYP or DP when we want to make that shift?

Is there a limit to the number of students? If we don't get selected in Interview this year, can we give interview next year?

What is core skills practice?

How will I learn other subjects?

What is the assurance that I am going on the right track?

Do we have to wear school uniform?

Who will be our facilitators?

Timetable

Can we go more for more PS classes if we want to?

Can we come late or leave early?

Are we going to attend regular classes? Can we come anytime in our class and will our teacher allow it?

Will we have free play and can we spend time with our friends?

Projects

Do we have to compulsorily do all a project in each of the 3 topics? If I want to do all my projects in one area only is that possible?

Are there some fixed projects as well? Can we do more than 3 projects?

Will we get any material that we want for our projects?

Can we work in pairs / groups? How we will make groups for research groups as we will have different topics?

Can sport become a project? Can we create a new sport?

Career

I want to be a businessperson, so what will I do in MLC?

I want to become IAS officer (or do an MBA). How can MLC help me in that?

I want to be a cricketer (or a tennis player). So will these sports be offered in MLC?

I want to be a scientist (or an artist) and explore Astronomy (or fine arts). So how can MLC help me?

What if I don’t yet have a career interest? Will I get help?

Why MLC?

How did the school get the idea of MLC? What is the objective of the MLC?

Being true to Fountainhead School’s vision of scaling new heights in terms of curriculum innovation and teaching methodologies, the MLC is an experiment on the self-directed learning model. We believe children can take responsibility of their education provided they get the right environment and support. The MLC’s objective is to provide such an environment where students can learn 21 century skills and attitudes while they explore areas of their interest, and build expertise.

How will MLC make me (the student) different from others?

The MLC will give you the opportunity to excel in those areas that you want to pursue. It will develop an ability and confidence to be manage yourself effectively. It will allow you to take responsibility, and learn through both failures and successes through the projects and learning that you undertake.

Am I ready for MLC?

Fundamentally, we believe that every child wants to learn something and they are naturally curious. Even if you don’t know what you are excited about today, you will have the opportunity to do so during MLC. Having said that, we have planned a set of tasks that will help you and your parents evaluate whether you are ready for self-directed learning.

Structure

What will be the venue of MLC?

An exclusive space will be assigned to the MLC within the school block. The space will be subdivided into different learning spaces to allow different learning models and methods - for research work, for collaboration, for reading, for making things. In addition, all the specialized facilities in the school such as the science labs, cooking lab, design tech labs, arts and sports facilities will also be accessible to the students.

Is MLC for whole year? What if after a year we want to go back to MYP?

Yes the MLC is mean to be a year-long program as we would prefer not to shift students to the MYP in between the year. However, after the year’s over you have the option to either continue with MLC further or shift to the MYP. The same option will be available to you after 2 years as well.

*Current grade 7 applicants if selected for MLC need to commit 2 years which means students can join the MYP in Grade 10 if they wish to but not before that.

Is MLC a board like CBSE / IB?

No - the MLC is not a board in itself. However, the students are still under the aegis of the IB broadly and can take up the MYP e-assessments in Grade 10 if they wish to. And obviously they can join the DP in Grade 11.

What about the 10th certificate if continue with the MLC for 4 years?

Mavericks will have at least options: a. They can sit for the MYP e-assessments with some prior practice for which 6-8 months should be enough. B. As an IB school, we are authorized to offer an MYP certificate based on school assessments. In this case, students will go through the MYP requirements and give the school-based assessments and be eligible for the MYP certificate which is equivalent to Grade 10 in India and abroad.

How will we integrate with the MYP or DP when we want to make that shift?

Both the MYP and the DP are skill based programs rather than content based. You will be working on the same set of skills in the MLC but more deeply because you will be working on projects for longer durations. So in terms of skills (thinking, research, self-management, communication and social) you will be very much at par with other students.

Having said, you will have to make sure that you are prepared with the prerequisite content for specific subjects such as Sciences, Mathematics. Once you are clear about your subjects, facilitators will help you make a learning plan for these subjects so that you are thorough with them when you start the DP.

Is there a limit to the number of students? If we don't get selected in Interview this year, can we give interview next year?

While we would prefer not to limit the number of students, however, because we have space limitation and considering that this will be the first year of the program, we may need to limit the number to a manageable one (we don’t know as yet what that number is). And yes if first year succeeds, we will work on expanding the programs so that more students can join in the upcoming years.

What is core skills practice?

Maths and English are being defined as core skills as they are essential to success in further education (both subjects are compulsory in the DP) as well as in careers. MLC will hold core skills classes regularly which all Mavericks will be encouraged to attend.

How will I learn other subjects?

You will learn content of other subjects through your projects and through inquiries. While there will be no fixed curriculum for the other subjects, by doing projects across three subject groups Mavericks will be exposed to a range of subjects. Students can choose the depth to which they would like to go into each subject.

Facilitators will be available to guide your learning and to solve doubts as and when they arise. We will also invite subject expert to help you where needed. Closer to the DP, once you decide which subjects you would like to do, the facilitators can help you make a learning plan.

What is the assurance that I am going on the right track?

Facilitators will be working closely with you to help you assess whether you are working well in your projects or your learning topics. Parents will also be involved frequently in these conferences. Mavericks will be expected to work on the feedback given so that they can improve the quality of their work.

Do we have to wear school uniform?

Yes you are expected to wear the school uniform. All standard policies such as uniform, transport, food, discipline will apply to the Mavericks.

Who will be our facilitators?

You have already met your facilitators in the student orientation session.

Will there be exams?

No, there won’t be exams of the standard kind. However when learning a topic you have to push yourself to master the concepts and the content. Self assessment and feedback from peers and facilitators will definitely be there. Optional assessments will be held so that students can know where they stand and what they need to work on.

Timetable

Can we go more for more PS classes if we want to?

All students will be expected to join the PS classes with their Grade. Joining PS classes of other grades will depend on there being sufficient space and resources for the coaches to be accommodate more students. For e.g. if there are only 5 students in Table Tennis in Grade 10, where 5 more students can be accommodated, then Mavericks can join those Table Tennis PS classes.

However, students may plan for play sessions other than the PS classes as well as we encourage students to play for at least an hour every day. These playtimes could either be coordinated across all the Mavericks or smaller group of students may decide a schedule for themselves.

Can we come late or leave early?

Yes it’s possible with the following two conditions:

Are we going to attend regular classes? Can we come anytime in our class and will our teacher allow it?

For classes that are scheduled by the facilitators such as core skills, or circle / reflection time, or for specific topics, students will be expected to be on time like for any other class. Mavericks won’t be attending regular MYP classes and will be encouraged to make their own schedule. However, if a Maverick is interested in learning a certain subjects in the classroom with other students, then we can speak to the teacher and make that work.

Will we have free play and can we spend time with our friends?

Yes, Mavericks can schedule time for free play as long as long as project objectives are being met. Further, as you will be collaborating with other Mavericks for many projects (by choice) you will be spending time with them. Or else you could just be learning a topic together or reading a book together. Mavericks will also be encouraged to spend time with friends during lunch time.

Projects

Do we have to compulsorily do all a project in each of the 3 topics? If I want to do all my projects in one area only is that possible?

The 3 project areas are: Science and Technology, Humanities and Art, Design & Languages. To start off with, Mavericks are expected to do a project in each subject area so that they get exposed to a wide variety of subjects and topics. As we go forward, we may allow for specialization of projects, but we must keep in mind that in the DP, students are required to study a subject in 6 areas. So it’s therefore good to explore different subject areas.

Are there some fixed projects as well? Can we do more than 3 projects?

The facilitators may offer some project ideas that some Mavericks or all can take up. They could be specialized projects or perhaps an event that everyone can contribute to. You can do more than 3 projects as long you make reasonable efforts towards each project.

Will we get any material that we want for our projects?

Regular resources like stationery, papers that are available in the classroom will be available in the Maverick Centre as well. Specialized material for projects can also be ordered - within reason and as long as your parents are fine with the expense; for e.g. electronics, or art and design resources. But resources that may pose safety risks have to be evaluated carefully. The same applies to costly equipment - Mavericks will have to present their project ideas to their parents and get approval for the cost.

Can we work in pairs / groups? How we will make groups for research groups as we will have different topics?

Students will be encouraged to work in groups of their choice, based on common interests or skills. It’s important that Mavericks don’t limit their collaboration based on their social relationship with others. In real life, we work with those with whom we can hope to achieve the best results. At the same time students will also be encouraged to work independently to gain confidence that they can achieve things on their own.

Can sport become a project? Can we create a new sport?

It depends. If you intend to design a new sport or even modify an existing sport then it would be design project. However, if you intend to excel in a sport by learning advanced skills or work on your fitness, then it can a project beyond your 3 projects from the subject groups.

Career

I want to be a businessperson, so what will I do in MLC?

To become a successful businessman, you need a range of skills such as  leadership and teamwork, marketing, analytical, business research, communication and attitudes such as determination, learning from failure, ability to take risks. You can develop these skills as part of the MLC projects and learning topics. You can also take up more business projects where you run a small business, or study existing business, do internships and projects with other companies. You can learn a lot of the business skills practically.

I want to become IAS officer (or do an MBA). How can MLC help me in that?

Both the IAS and MBA are post-graduate programs. So Mavericks will need to pursue a college degree of their choice and then appear for the relevant examinations. During the MLC period, you can build the required knowledge or skills for these entrance examinations and careers by making a plan for yourself. For e.g IAS officers need to have an excellent hold over current affairs - so you can plan to read and discuss current affairs every day for an hour.

I want to be a cricketer (or a tennis player). So will these sports be offered in MLC?

We are not going to be able to add sports exclusively for the Mavericks and at this point we don’t have any plans of adding a new sport to the ones that we already offer. So while you won’t practice your sports directly as part of MLC, you can work every day for 45-60 min on your fitness and athletic skills which are necessary to excel in any sport. You can make a plan with the guidance of our coaches, and then work diligently on your plan. Not having fixed homework, submission deadlines and examinations will allow you to practice your sport regularly outside school. When you need to go for camps in the city or even outside, you won’t miss any curriculum because you are incharge of your learning.

I want to be a scientist (or an artist) and explore Astronomy (or fine arts). So how can MLC help me?

MCL will allow you to explore your interests today thoroughly instead of doing it much later. You can take up projects in science and astronomy, meet people in these fields, read up about these, conduct experiments, learn the content needed to understand these fields and so on. The same applies for someone interested in art or any other field. You can start working on those areas today.

What if I don’t yet have a career interest? Will I get help?

Absolutely. The school career counselors will work closely with the MLC facilitators as well as you and your parents to help you figure out what careers you might be interested in. The process will be a slow one as we don’t expect students to be sure about career choices today; but we believe with MLC you will be able to make more sense of your interests.