A metacognitive approach to learning

On my first day in Dubai, UAE, I made my way to the DWC High School’s facilities on the campus of the Dubai Women’s College. The first thing that you notice is how beautiful the campus is. Tropical gardens provide an oasis-like setting for the bright, modern learning environment. Technology labs with ceiling-high windows look out onto the lush green landscape, creating an extremely pleasant place for instruction.  The second thing that you notice is how upbeat the staff is. The young women who administer the curriculum and the learning coaches that I met are engaged and empathetic to the girls who are seeking a pre-university education. The class is a mix of UAE nationals and international students, grades 9-12, who are preparing for the competitive admission requirements for a university education.

“Our goal is to have girls prepared to go to a four-year university when they finish our program.”

I was there to meet with Cody Claver, Head of School for the DWC High School campus.   A life-long educator, Mr. Claver provided me with insight about the school’s approach to learning; “We’re a skills-focused institution. Our goal is to have girls prepared to go to a four-year university when they finish our program.”  It was clear after talking to both he and the staff, that enabling students to think about the process of learning is a core principle of the program.  The girls are encouraged to develop good character as well, with emphasis on contributing to the community, to act with kindness and strength of character, and to develop their own innate personal qualities.

This is the first post of the blog that will provide a glimpse into daily life at the school. If you’re an education professional, a parent, or a student, we think that you’ll find our posts to be insightful, and we hope that you’ll follow, comment, and share.

مع السلامة   ma`a as-salāma

-Richard Lakin