While several surveys in the country indicate that there is a severe learning crisis with elementary school children lacking even the basic foundational literacy and numeracy skills, the NEP 2020 does little to address the real problem that lies at the heart of this crisis. So, what are the pathways listed by the NEP to find a solution and do they require a serious rethink?
Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
From our childhood we are taught to avoid mistakes, be afraid of committing them, to do only the right thing. But don’t they also say failure is the stepping stone to success? If we are embarrassed by our mistakes, we won’t learn from them. Here are a few ‘mistake recipes’ that will lead you to successful learning.
Has corona impacted cognition? This is a question that all educators must ask themselves and act fast to take the next essential step. In today’s education space, the use of technological tools has greatly impacted cognitive processing. At one time memory was relied upon for all cognitive processing but now all processes have been externalized. When schools reopen, will this new breed of e-learners be able to go back to the old ways of, say, solving a mathematical problem relying on their memory? That remains to be seen.
The pandemic has given us the opportunity to rethink several aspects of education. Can healthy behaviours be incorporated into and taught through the education system? Despite several states permitting schools to operate in offline mode, many schools continue in the online and hybrid modes. While the online mode presents its own set of challenges, it is especially vital that movement and exercise are incorporated into the routine of online schooling.
No matter the way we teach, ultimately everything in all educational spaces culminates in exams. Are we going about teaching children to learn the right way?
The pandemic has abruptly uprooted children from their safe and secure environments, leaving them feeling confused and anxious trying to cope with the stressful times. During this phase the support and guidance of teachers and parents is crucial.
It is not just what you teach but how you teach that is important. There is plenty of research out there on the benefits of art integrated learning, it is now time for teachers to put theory into practice and cultivate methodologies that incorporate various art forms to teach their lessons.
With the changing nature of educational goals in the light of the NEP 2020, there is a need to re- evaluate the present form of assessments. Conventional test formats are narrow in their focus and provide only a glimpse of students’ learning. This article highlights some assessment strategies which can be used in the classroom.
The online classes and forced shutting down of schools has had one positive effect and that is children owning the responsibility of their learning and creating their own knowledge. Now with schools across the country slowly reopening, what is to happen to this trend? Will children accept and go back to the conventional style of learning? Or will they resist it? How can we as teachers ensure that they continue on the exciting journey of learning that they experienced during the Covid lockdown?
Repetition is boring but it is also important for learning to happen. As teachers, therefore, it is our responsibility to make sure that repetitive tasks are made fun for the students.