The early years of every child’s life are the most important years for they lay the foundation of the kind of person this child will turn into. As a result early years educators have the toughest job there is. Here are a few things that early years educators must keep in mind.
Lesson plans are a necessary tool in any teacher’s teaching toolkit, however, they needn’t be sacred aids that cannot be changed. Remember lesson plans are a guide only. As teachers we have to observe and adapt the lesson plan according to how our class is going.
A recent webinar co- hosted by Teacher Plus in association with Wishwa brought to the fore several concerns that parents and teachers had about online learning and about the aims and objectives of education. Parents were concerned about screen time and teachers about keeping the children engaged and motivated. It was however an opportunity for teachers and parents to come together and build on their collaboration.
Megha Chougule and Adithi Muralidhar
Here is an activity done with children of all age groups to introduce the concept of density using everyday liquids that is available at home. Stacking liquids seems an impossible task but when we see oil floating in a dish while cooking or motor oil floating on top of water puddles, it does seem worthwhile and possible. It is presented here as a puzzle to get children interested in this task.
This article talks about the writer’s intervention in the public library space. She finds that there is no single factor that hampers the growth and popularity of the public library, rather it is more of a serious systemic issue.
How can teachers and parents build a positive relationship that is neither too intrusive and also one that recognizes professional boundaries? One way is for teachers to make it a point to visit students’ homes which will help them know their students better. Parents can try to be more pro-active by taking an interest in their child’s learning and interacting regularly with the teachers. When both parents and teachers collaborate and work together, it is the student who stands to benefit.
Can schools try and find ways to include parents in the educational journey of the students? What if parents could add their own experiences and that of the community in which they live to the experiences of their children? Would not that engagement be more satisfying? The teacher will then be more of a facilitator and less of an expert in education. Here are two examples of how this collaboration worked.
Memory plays a huge role in the study life of a student. Teachers are tasked with explaining concepts to students. However, the burden of remembering falls on the student. Can teachers play a role in enhancing memory and retention of the student? This article suggests 5 techniques through which teachers can structure their lessons to help students remember better.
What does it mean to truly understand something? If something is learnt without understanding the basics, is that learning really useful? Teachers need to design activities that call for a deeper thinking, so that students can see the difference between ’knowing’ and ‘understanding’.
Is treating everyone equally in all kinds of situations always right? When it comes to learning, teachers need to spend more time with children who need their help to learn and absorb and less time with children who can learn by themselves. This kind of good partiality also sends out messages of solidarity.