New Educational trends should focus at learner driven curriculum. Innovative teaching pedagogies should be crafted to facilitate joyful learning to create a passion amongst the students for learning, observes Neeti Kaushik, Principal cum Director, Mount Olympus School, Malibu Town, Gurgaon, for Elets News Network (ENN).
Education should be rooted, leading to new ways and exploring the unexplored. Clay P. Bedford, the US based industrialist has rightly said, “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” It is imperative to present learners with multifarious opportunities to holistically groom their personalities. We live in the most remarkable times for teaching and learning.
Technology revolutionized the way we approach education. It’s no longer about accumulating knowledge and solving tests. It’s about actual learning. Digital learning makes it possible to inculcate excellence in lessons that enable the students to get the best education and creates a lifelong passion for learning.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn,” a leading author, politician, scientist, civic activist, and diplomat Benjamin Franklin once said.
Futuristic and divergent thinking should be the focus of the curriculum. It is a very gratifying experience to see children- the future leaders be taught to be pioneering and good decision makers right from the beginning.
Interdisciplinary teaching is another model of teaching that not only helps in engaging students constructively but also helps them to develop knowledge, problem solving skills, self-efficacy and a passion for learning.
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The teachers should invest time and their expertise in adding a spark of creativity coupled with experimentation for combining various units across different subjects in this type of teaching learning method.
Reading program through digital libraries should be encouraged especially for reluctant readers. Programmes should be fashioned to enhance all round reading habits. Rewards to read, positive reinforcement like reader of the month etc. are a few ways that help create voracious readers.
Real education happens when children are given freedom to explore, question, observe and infer from their surroundings along with classroom teaching. Including Field trips in the curriculum provides the learners with an opportunity of experiential learning. It helps them learn basic etiquettes, decorum and appropriate behaviour at public places.
Resource material used by the teachers should be more vibrant and useful. Novelty in the teaching learning process will go a long way in creating a passion in the mind of young learners to explore more and learn more.
This brings us to a conclusion that digital learning mingled with innovative classroom teaching is the need of the hour. Most schools are adopting technology with alacrity and integrated learning solutions facilitate learning process anywhere and anytime. (Views expressed by the author are a personal opinion.)
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