We often associate the term “win-win” with business language. These principle is a solution, which guarantees favourable outcome for everyone involved and encourages cooperation not competition.
Why not use this principle at school?
There are two or more opposing groups, not always in conflict or dispute but each have their goals, dreams, needs and expectations. Children’s primary need is fun, movement, satisfying their never-ending curiosity. The child’s goal is being accepted by society as he/she is and being in a good mood. Student’s expect empathy, appreciation, leadership, safety and a role-model from their teachers.
What about teacher’s needs?
Just like students, teachers wish to work in a friendly and comfortable environment. Where they feel appreciated, accepted. While they prepare to work with children, they spend hours matching teaching materials to each child; choosing variable ways of presenting a subject or using a method.
Frequently the main purpose of a teacher is the desire to achieve satisfaction from their student’s learning progress, the need to observe, his/her commitment. To sum up, teachers are genuinely happy to see their pupils smiling, joyful, full of positivity and when they are chosen to be a someone a child can rely on and share sorrows and fears. There is nothing more satisfying than, when a child hugs his teacher as tight as possible and puts all trust in him/her.
Can we truly use the win-win principle at school? Can we create an environment in which both parties feel satisfied, they feel that their needs are catered for? Absolutely yes! However, there is one condition – empathy and open-mindedness. Following this thought, our school’s management takes care of both, the student’s and teacher’s world. Teachers work with children in small groups, in classrooms, which equipment is modern, fully adapted to the developmental needs of children. Teachers have the chance to develop their skills, interests, become more self-reliant and responsible. Their strong points are, empathy, open-mindedness, creativity and curiosity-as a way to meet their students. And this is where both worlds collide:
- a space for learning, fun, development and fulfillment
- Unique educational programme
- extra-curricular activities and classes
- Compensatory classes
The program is personalized to the personal needs of each student in our school, depending on what is necessary. We have developed dozens of individual paths and development of our student’s skills. Among, which you can find classes developing the child’s strong points, ie. Art & craft Classes, Words and Math Zone & Spatial Thinking. Moreover, some pupils who take compensatory classes are also supported in overcoming difficulties. This path has many benefits for students as well as for teachers. Both sides are satisfied, they notice positive changes. That is why the “win-win” approach has already been absorbed by Radom Bilingual Primary School environment.
Therefore, “win-win” is certainly a worthy approach.