ThinQ

The intention of ThinQ’s intervention in schools is to help the school introduce trans-disciplinary inquiry and integration as a subject from class 6 to class 9, such that by the end of the 9th year, students have the intellectual abilities to function well in:

They will also have the foundations needed for high caliber research if they choose to pursue research in their higher studies. See the proposed syllabus for this program here.

The first goal of the engagement is to create a 4-year inquiry and integration program for the school from grades 6 to 9, which would be sustainable.

The following is the implementation plan for Inquiry and Integration in the school from grades 6 to 9. IIE - Y1 represents the first year of the program, IIE - Y2 the second, and so on. Year 1 Class 7 is the batch of students who are in class 7 in the first year ThinQ starts its intervention, while Year 1 Class 3 indicates the students in Class 3 during the first year of ThinQ’s intervention, who will be in class 6 in the fourth year of the intervention.

Each year, one entire year of materials will be created by ThinQ. The first year that the entire program will run simultaneously is the 4th year. The students in the 6th grade in Year 1 will be the first batch to go through the entire program.

In order to achieve this goal, the capacity of the school, and especially of the teachers will have to be built. This is where ThinQ will play a crucial role. The following are three interventions ThinQ is willing to undertake:

  1. Intensive Intervention
  2. Guided Intervention
  3. Self-Directed Intervention

1. Intensive Intervention

School Scheduling Commitments: 2 hours per week for students of the grades involved, plus an additional 4 hours per week for teachers to go through the lesson plans received from ThinQ, give their reflection and feedback of class sessions, and email interaction with ThinQ.

Commitment from each teacher involved in the program: 2 hours of preparation for class, 2 hours of class time per week, 1 hour of reflection and feedback per week, 1 hour of online/face-to-face interaction with ThinQ per week. (A total of 6 hours per week)

Commitment from ThinQ:

  1. Learning materials for the 8 hours of inquiry classes in a month
  2. Occasional assessments as and when required
  3. Clarifying teachers' questions on the lesson plans/assessments
  4. Engaging with teacher feedback and adapting the lessons
  5. Interacting with the curriculum team and taking their feedback
  6. Occasional classroom teaching (At least one session per month on average per grade involved)
  7. Face-to-face/online interaction with teachers each week
  8. Summer Workshop with teachers for 6 days. This could be broken into two 3-day workshops.
  9. Giving feedback on teachers' own lesson plans for them to become competent inquirers and inquiry educators (at most 8 per month from the school)

2. Guided Intervention

School Scheduling Commitments: 2 hours per week for students of the grades involved, plus an additional 4 hours per week for teachers to go through the lesson plans received from ThinQ.

Commitment from each teacher involved in the program: 2 hours of preparation for class, 2 hours of class time per week, 1 hour of reflection per week. (A total of 5 hours per week)

Commitment from ThinQ:

  1. Learning materials for the 8 hours of inquiry classes in a month
  2. Occasional assessments as and when required
  3. Clarifying teachers' questions on the lesson plans/assessments within the timeframe decided
  4. 3 to 4 two-day long workshops per year for teachers

3. Self-Directed Intervention

School Scheduling Commitments: 2 hours per week for students of the grades involved, plus an additional 4 hours per week for teachers to go through the lesson plans received from ThinQ.

Commitment from each teacher involved in the program: 2 hours of preparation for class, 2 hours of class time per week, 1 hour of reflection per week.

Commitment from ThinQ: Learning materials for the 8 hours of inquiry classes in a month


If you are interested in implementing this program in your school, contact us at contactus@schoolofthinq.com to discuss details as well as the financial implications.