Ammonia is soluble in water. But most chemistry teachers will agree that demonstrating this experiment is a tedious task. Young minds, however, learn best when they can see whether what they have been told is true or not. So here is a much simpler and more spectacular way of proving the above statement.
With the Internet at their disposal and a facilitator to guide them if necessary, can children become their own teachers? Are self-organized learning environments (SOLE) as proposed by Dr. Sugata Mitra really possible? Teacher Plus participated in a SOLE session at Gocharan in West Bengal to see how a SOLE Lab works, how children learn there, what the role of the grannies who provide the stimulating environment is and it turned out to be quite an interesting experience.
Self-organized learning spaces (SOLS) are springs of creativity, innovation, and expression. SOLS allow children to express their voice in multiple perspectives. One such attempt at establishing and integrating SOLS in mainstream formal education was done at Walden’s Path Kinder, Hyderabad from February 2015 to July 2015.
Since the time we decided to ‘unschool’ (which is what we choose to call what we do) our kids, we have had a myriad reactions to our decision. Ranging from outright shock and anger with us combined with pity for our kids, puzzlement, and diplomatic rejection to genuine concern and eager curiosity.
Are self-organized learning environments possible only with the involvement of technology? How do you create learning environments for children? Environments that encourage them to become independent thinkers?