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The world is full of problems and there aren’t enough solvers. Somewhere down the line, we have digressed into becoming problem-oriented rather than solution-oriented, and we need to change that. If we talk about kids, they face problems on a day-to-day basis. Whether it’s a toy-related problem, math equations or some kind of negative peer pressure, kids of all ages are constantly facing these rough challenges.
Parents and teachers can’t be physically and emotionally available at all times to solve the kids’ problems, but what needs to be done is to instil problem-solving skills in kids so they can overcome these hurdles themselves. Those who find a way to deal with their problems become robust, confident and independent individuals.
A 2010 study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy found that kids who lack problem-solving skills may be at a higher risk of depression and suicidality. Additionally, the researchers found that teaching a child problem-solving skills can improve mental health.
At such an age, it is easier for kids to avoid an issue rather than taking it head-on. They can easily get annoyed when they face a challenge. Kids who lack problem-solving skills may avoid taking action when faced with a problem. Some kids even make impulsive decisions that may create even bigger problems in the long run.
Problem-solving is a fundamental element to a child’s learning capacity. For parents, it’s important to understand that whatever age your kids are, allow them to make mistakes and teach them how to move forward. You don’t need to do something extraordinary to facilitate your child’s growth, but rather a responsive, acceptive attitude will help foster your child’s ability.
Perhaps, don’t think of yourself as a mentor, teacher or a parent. Think of yourself as an observer, supporter, facilitator, interacting as a questioning partner, and sharing with children how you solve problems.
So, how can we actually teach children these problem-solving skills? Well, the cognitive ability usually differs from child to child and the gravity of the challenges they face also evolve over time and with age.
Try these strategies to teach your kid problem-solving skills and learn how you can develop a solution-focused mindset from the early age.
To start with, make your child feel comfortable about making mistakes. Everyone faces trouble and it’s okay to make mistakes. Now, when you face a real-world challenge, do a “think aloud” for your child and model the same problem-solving skills that you’re undergoing for them to implement in their lives.
When you model problem-solving and deal with situations outside of yourself, things sometimes get out of control and solutions don’t work and it’s important to tell your child just that. One should focus on what can be controlled.
When you form a clear image of your problem and learn about its roots, your work is almost half done. Help your children by stating their problem out loudly. A lot of times they feel confused and stuck as to what is bothering them. A sense of clarity is hugely beneficial to problem-solving.
It’s not just kids who face problems, all of us do. Sometimes what we can do as parents is turn to our kids for solutions of our own problems. Firstly, it tells them that anybody can make mistakes. Secondly, it gives them the opportunity to be in someone else’s shoe and practice problem-solving. Moreover, if they do provide genuine, sensible solutions that you, later on, implement in your life, it’d give them immense confidence and boost to solve their own problems without a hassle.
It is very natural for parents to reach out to their child if they see them struggling in any way, but sometimes you need to allow them to undergo important changes while they struggle. You must allow your child to fail and learn from the experiences and the consequences. By not providing a solution, you are helping them to strengthen their mental muscles to come up with their ideas. Sometimes, the problem is too big for them to understand on their own. In such situations, break the problem into smaller steps, help them understand and ask questions that may incite a solution.
There are a lot of fun-learning, STEM activities going around that encourage creative play as well as problem-solving skills. Why not make construction sites from toys? How about saving a city in turmoil from available material?
Kids of all ages learn most in the context of the play. This type of play involves challenges and requires imagination. Eventually, problem-solving becomes its own reward.
A healthy relationship is an important element for the exchange of problem-solving. At times you might have different views and a plan of action towards a certain problem, but if you share a good bond, you would be able to inculcate disparate views into a single solution. Children should be able to take on a new perspective.
There is a great emotional burden that we all carry within ourselves. First of all, it is important for you to tell your child that all their emotions are absolutely valid and acceptable. Once they learn to manage their emotions, only then they’ll be able to consider logical solutions. All emotions are valid and should never be discarded, what matters is how we respond to these emotions.
Sometimes, you should just allow natural consequences to take charge of a situation and give vital lessons to your child. If they’re in a troublesome circumstance, let the situation unfold and take them where it wants to take them and see how they respond. Just make sure it is safe to do so. Consider these natural consequences as a teachable moment to help work together on problem-solving.
According to research, problems get solved during play. Sometimes, simply sitting and constantly banging your head over a problem doesn’t provide anything. If that’s the case, probably one should go out and play. Do activities that take your child’s mind off of the problem so they can refuel and approach things from a fresh perspective. Sometimes, solutions arrive when we’re not seeking them.
If we’re too worried and massively unwilling to see our children fail in life, then we’re holding back our children from learning. Failure is a part of life just like anything else and it should not be seen in a bad light. Allow the failures to come and pass. Meanwhile, make sure your children are moving towards a growth mindset.
Have more suggestions or ideas on how you can make your child a problem solver? Comment below and let us know.
The online space is flooded with articles about commonly used words and phrases for tourists. There are glossaries and instruction manuals for each popular destination. Such easy-to-read and easy-to-understand blogs impart simple yet vital information for tourists that helps them in many ways in a new place. Travelers can traverse through the length and breadth of a place without fumbling and stumbling.
Children are also like travelers. Travelers can survive on a glossary, but it is different for children. The world is a new place for them, and they have to learn essential life skills to succeed. At times, learning so many things could be taxing for them, but easy-to-read materials make the process simpler. Encouraging children to read books with illustrations is the most preferred way of teaching new topics. These specially designed books come in handy in arousing their curiosity and inculcating reading habits. Such tailor-made reading materials are available in abundance, but again, too many options can confuse.
Are lessons on our solar system and planets on your wishlist? We have shortlisted five such books, chosen based on popularity, to help you make the first move. Some are recent and others are still relevant despite being published decades ago. Here is the list:
We all know reading is a good habit. With children, getting their attention is a challenge, therefore, books have to be chosen carefully. Children find illustrations, pictures, and other thrills and frills inside the books fascinating and it helps in holding their attention.
Communication is the most important tool in any relationship. It can be through the use of the word, or nonverbal, but the purpose is to send the message across, in whatever form, so that the person knows, or rather understands what you want to tell them. Imagine a world without communication! Can’t, right? Communicating with others is what every living being does. Without communication the world would be like a silent movie—you can see them but can’t hear them.
The parent-child relationship is no different. If anything, the communication has to be apposite and impactful, compared to any other relationship, as here one of the parties involved is not an adult. I am sure all parents know the importance of communicating with their child, but what many don’t realize is that communication is not always positive. Communication can also be negative, effective or ineffective. Aaron Goldman aptly said, “Communicate unto the other person that which you would want him to communicate unto you if your positions were reversed.”
Let’s look at the things that parents can avoid while communicating with their children.
1. Nagging and Preaching
Nagging about something will not have the effect that you, as a parent, want. Repeating the same thing over and over again will make your child lose interest in what you are saying. Similarly, preaching can be a negative or ineffective way of communicating with your child. Nobody likes to listen to lengthy anecdotes. To keep the communication effective and positive, tell them what you want to say in short or instead of nagging or preaching, use a consequence such as a time-out or no playtime for a day.
2. Mocking, Teasing, or Sarcasm
Parents should avoid mocking or teasing their child if they want to communicate effectively. You don’t want your child to feel belittled by you, out of all the people. In the same way, sarcasm should also be avoided completely. The use of sarcasm, either completely goes to waste, as many children do not understand sarcasm at a young age, and if they do, it hurts their feelings. Parents should pay close attention to the tone that they use while communicating with children.
As a parent, it is important to remember that you should never, and I mean never, criticize your child, their ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. Criticizing your child can result in lowered self-worth, which can have a highly negative impact if it sets in. Politely question your children and try to reason with them with facts and examples instead of criticizing.
4. Dwelling on the Past
Once an issue has been resolved, ensure that you do not bring it up again. Each time your child makes a mistake, or you want to put your message across, bringing up their old mistakes is not the solution. If anything, it is going to have an adverse effect, as the child may think that whatever they do or however they try to change, the mistakes of their past will always be remembered. It can demotivate them. Let children know that they start afresh after an issue is resolved and never mention it again.
When your child is communicating with you, let them finish what they want to say. It is called being polite and should be followed not only with adults but with children as well. Let the child put their message across. You can talk once they are finished. If you keep interrupting when your child is speaking, they will lose the need for coming to you and may stop communicating altogether. In Ernst Hemingway’s words, “When people talk listen completely. Most people never listen.” Nobody wants to be a parent who doesn’t listen to their children.
6. Using Threats
As a parent, you may think that threats can help you get your child to listen, but that is not the truth. It may work a few times. However, if you threaten your child frequently, it is going to have a conflicting effect. Using threats towards your child can make them feel helpless and can lead to a feeling of antipathy towards their parents.
Communicating with your child in the right manner plays a vital role to build a strong relationship with them. At the same time, if you don’t pay attention, negative, or ineffective communication can make the child feel ignored or unwanted, and it can lead to a lot of misunderstandings as children may feel that their parents are uncooperative and unreliable.
STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are subjects that every child needs to learn in this ever-changing world. Your child may not enjoy these topics if you only give them books to read from. However, STEM works differently. It involves your child with games and activities related to STEM to make learning fun. If you are a parent looking for such a way of education, here are some apps that can help your child gain STEM knowledge.
1. The Robot Factory by Tinybop- Age 4+
You may have watched as your child built a castle with Lego. Now, with this app, your kid can creatively build robots from scratch by combining various parts. They can not only build robots but also test and collect them. They can open their creative side and design robot dragons, robot Kung Fu warriors, robot doctors, and much more. Your kid will develop skills such as problem-solving, creative-thinking, designing, and even story-telling.
2. Hopscotch- Programming for Kids- Age 4+
If your kid wants to learn to code the fun way, then Hopscotch is the way forward. This app allows your kids to create games, animations, stories, art, and much more, through simple programming. They can use in-built building blocks to code and educate themselves. Your kid will be able to explore and be creative in designing programs that they can upload to the Hopscotch community and help others play and learn. Hopscotch also provides video tutorials for kids to learn more.
3. Crazy Gears by Edoki Academy- Age 5+
Crazy Gears is a game of puzzles, which aims at teaching kids how a machine works. It allows children to use and change gears, pulleys, chains, rods, etc. to enter the next level by pulling themselves up. This app helps your kid develop critical thinking by understanding how different mechanisms affect each other when building a machine. It engages your child in acquiring the reasoning abilities required for understanding STEM.
4. Odd Bot Out by Martin Magni- Age 4+
Odd Bot Out is a game in which kids will have to help Odd, the one-eyed bot, escape the recycling bin where Odd was sent to after failing a standardized test. There are 100 levels, each with a new puzzle that requires a new skill to solve. Your child will be able to use physics, electricity, building blocks, and more to build cars, form bridges, etc.
5. Thinkrolls 2 by Avokiddo – Age 4+
Children can use science to solve puzzles and navigate across 270 levels with Thinkrolls 2. Kids need to use logic, fundamental physics, and properties of matter to make their Thinkrolls roll, float, glide, and even teleport to the next level. Your child will develop problem-solving abilities and deductive reasoning by doing trials and errors to play this game.
Kids tend to learn more if they can understand the concepts through visuals and practical applications rather than just theory. These apps and many others focus on developing your child’s ability to problem-solve and think outside the box while educating themselves in STEM.
Failure- the word in itself has a negative connotation and probably for the right reasons. But failure has its own set of goods. While we as adults may understand that, children, on the other hand, have to be trained to take failure as a lesson and not a final outcome. Failure, in any form, is disappointing. There is no doubt about that, but each failure teaches us something.
Several parents want their kids to succeed in everything they do and for that, they put a lot of pressure on them. It is not healthy to pressurize children as it can affect the way they look at things. In fact, of late, several teachers and professionals who work closely with children have started putting emphasis that children need to learn how to fail and accept it gracefully and so do parents.
Children get highly demotivated or disappointed when they face failure, and while it’s only natural, parents and teachers must ensure that it does not set a mark on them. It’s the responsibility of the parents and teachers to imbibe in children that failure is a crucial component of success and the opposite. Every failure takes you a step towards success. The only thing one needs to do is learn from their mistakes. Educational institutions especially can play a crucial role in this as this is where the kids are molded on a day-to-day basis. Some have already started working towards it. E.g. Silicon Valley-based EdTech startup, www.moonshotjr.com not only teaches children about futuristic technologies and imbibes an entrepreneurial mindset in them, but their experts also teach children to face and accept failure. They make children realize that success is the destination, but failure is a part of the journey.
As parents and teachers, here are a few things you can do to teach the child to accept failure:
Let Them Try New Things
Children instinctively want to try new things. That’s how kids are wired. But if you notice that the child avoids doing different activities, then they probably have a fear of failure from trying something out of their comfort zone. To deal with this, talk to the child and encourage them to try new things. Clearly tell them that it’s okay if they do not succeed.
Put Emphasis on Growth Mindset
Parents and teachers must focus on the growth attitude. Children have to be taught to enjoy the process without worrying about the outcome. The process is what is going to help them grow and not the outcome. If the emphasis is solely put on the outcome then the child will lose interest in the process and concentrate only on the result.
Praises for Failure and Success
Parents and teachers should praise children for both, success as well as failure. A child who has faced failure needs it more than the child who has succeeded. When your child fails at something praise them for the effort that they have put in and not worry about the result. This will motivate them to learn from their mistakes and work towards them.
Become a Role Model
For your child to embrace failure, share your failures of the past and tell them how you felt, how you learned from your mistakes, and how you overcame them. Talking about your experiences will help your child realize that failures are a part of life, they can learn and move on.
For children, it is difficult to embrace failure as they feel that they will be judged by their parents, teachers, and friends. It falls on us to train them to accept failure and make them understand that they will only succeed if they attain the skill of handling whatever is thrown at them and enjoy the process while they are at it.
Learning something new is always fun, but we often get bored once the newness of that thing is over. It happens with all of us. Just imagine from a child’s perspective how boring doing something can get because they have so many new and fascinating things to learn about and also because many of them have a short attention span.
Many parents find it difficult to keep their children motivated. Well, it is not an easy task, but taking the wrong route to motivate your child or keep them interested in something that could work against you. Some children are self-motivated and some have to be convinced or motivated to get the job done. It could be as simple as just lifting their plates and putting it in the sink. Parents have to keep in mind that what may interest you or something you think your child should learn or do, does not necessarily mean that the child will find it interesting, too. Imagine someone forcing you to do something boring and not understanding why you aren’t motivated. Your children are going through the same process.
Lacking motivation does not, in any way, mean that the child cannot learn or understand or is not smart enough. The right kind of motivation can set the wheels in motion for you and your child. As a parent, all you have to do is look for the right ways to keep your child motivated. So, let’s look at what you can do.
The best way to get your child to do something is to tell them not to do it. It applies to most children. When you stop them from doing something, their curious minds want to do it and find out why they shouldn’t be doing it. Same applies to motivation. Stop motivating your child if you wish to motivate them and work on inspiring them. Be the person that your child would want to look up to. Trying to control them will make matters worse. Talk about your inspirations and how it has helped you in life.
Don’t Get Anxious
As parents, we tend to get anxious when we think our children are not motivated to learn or do something, and we tend to push our anxiety onto them to motivate them. By doing this, you will only end up demotivating them further or even worse, and they will try to resist you. Some children even comply to get their parents off their back. It is not the right route as then children will be focusing more on the methods to make you leave them alone. It is best to keep calm instead of starting a power struggle in the house.
It is best to set goals to motivate your child. Set a short-term and a long-term goal, so that your child doesn’t have to work too hard to achieve them and at the same time, these goals shouldn’t be too easy to attain. Setting goals helps in motivating the child as there is something to accomplish at the end. It also helps children in focusing their attention on what they are doing as there are multiple goals to achieve.
Focus on the Process, Not the Outcome
As parents, you should emphasize the process and not the outcome. More than often, children do not achieve the set goals. If they feel that the outcome has made you unhappy, they will start finding ways or excuses to start with anything worrying about the outcome even before they have started. Not everything has a positive outcome. What matters is the process and every child should be appreciated for the efforts they put in, irrespective of the result.
Encourage Your Kids
The best way to keep your child motivated is to encourage them. Telling them that they are doing a good job or you believe in them or they can achieve their goals, is going to motivate them. Encouragement plays an important role in motivating children. If they feel that they are not being encouraged then they lose interest or get demotivated.
The feeling of being appreciated when you achieve a goal is something that everybody craves. Children are no different. They look for appreciation and acknowledgement more than adults. When your child manages to achieve a goal, appreciate them and tell them that you are proud of them. These few words will make them want to work harder towards achieving other goals.
Motivating a child is not rocket science. It is all about trying to step into their shoes and understand what they want from you. The best thing you can do for your children to keep them motivated is to get involved in the process, pay attention to what they are doing and appreciate them for what they are doing.
Children are naturally inquisitive and have an inherent urge to learn new things with whatever medium is available at their disposal—from asking questions to using their sensory abilities. As they grow, they adapt to a primary idiosyncratic learning pattern, and it is for the teachers, parents, etc. to identify their primary learning style.
Every child is different, and we all know that. Measuring every child using the same technique is not only unfair but will also give you the wrong results. The problem lies in using methods that we think are right for our child. Let’s take the example of adults; some like reading as a source for gathering information or learning about new things, while others like watching informative videos or listening to recordings. The methods adopted each is the best way for them to
absorb the information in the most convenient form according to them.
Children have four primary styles of learning:
The Kinaesthetic Style: In this style, children learn by feeling, touching, or doing chores.
How to Identify Whether Your Child is a Kinaesthetic Learner?
Children with this style of learning are usually very active and like to be on their feet all the time. They prefer to move around a lot and touch things to get a feel of them or taste whatever they can lay their hands on. This is their way of learning about the objects they touch and the things they taste. These children are usually good at sports and have good hand-eye coordination and frequently use gestures while talking or explaining.
The Visual Style: This is the most effective style of learning in which children learn by observing things around them.
How to Identify Whether Your Child is a Visual Learner?
If your child has a vivid imagination with a remarkable interest in art then this is an indication that your child is a visual learner. Visual learners have quite a strong memory that relays pictorial information. Children with a visual learning style are good with recognizing people, faces, and places.
The Aural or Auditory Style: Children with this method of learning, use auditory tools to learn and retain information.
How to Identify Whether Your Child is an Aural or Auditory Learner?
Children with this learning style have an aptitude for music. They tend to sing along to songs and like to create their own songs. They have a strong verbal ability, and listen and follow directions. If you think your child has all these abilities and perks up when they listen to music, then your child is an auditory learner.
The Reading & Writing Style: In this style of learning, children read and/or write to learn about things and remember it.
How to Identify Whether Your Child Learns Better with Reading & Writing Style?
These types of learners often tend to write things down or take notes. They enjoy reading storybooks and are good at remembering what they have read and pay attention to small details. So, if you notice that your child shows the above signs and likes to communicate by writing down things instead of speaking or jot down ideas and concepts, then your child learns better with the reading and writing style
Parents and teachers should ensure that they identify the child’s primary learning style early on so that it can help them study better. Someone who is a visual learner will find it difficult to learn or retain information with auditory learning style and vice versa. Children start showing signs of their preferred learning style from a very early age. Parents should observe closely to figure
out whether their child learns primarily by looking, learning, or doing. This will help in identifying their primary style of learning but at the same time, the importance of well-rounded learning should not be ignored.
There is a glaring need, as clear as daylight, to upgrade and transform the traditional education system. A traditional education system is just a predefined approach accepted by various cultures and communities across the world. This type of system is highly dependent on the theoretical aspects of learning. It confines the potential of students with its incessant way of the teaching-learning process, which focuses on the memorizing skills of students rather than allowing them to thrive on their skill-growth development. There are limited opportunities for children to develop new skills, which may be beneficial for the future-forward market. In the traditional education system, teachers are more inclined to finish a curriculum within a given timeframe, while hardly underlining the importance of innovation.
On the contrary, Outcome-Based Education or OBE system is a prominent education system now being adopted widely by various institutions throughout the globe. A large number of educators and educational bodies are very interested in digging out the underlying reasons behind the ongoing learning transformation. The outcome-based education system goes up a notch higher and helps institutions in measuring their learning outcomes. It also prepares children to stand neck-to-neck with their global counterparts by enabling students to develop new skills. These factors raise the education standard altogether and allow institutions to obtain authorization from esteemed accreditation bodies, such as the NBA (National Board of Accreditation), by constantly improving in the long run.
What is Outcome-based Education?
Outcome-Based Education is a student-centered instruction model that primarily focuses on measuring student performance through outcome. It begins with a direct provision of what students are to know, what they are to be able to do, and what attitudes or values they should be able to demonstrate. The outcome-based approach calls for a systematic process to be followed. The focus always revolves around the trainee, and them successfully acquiring a well-defined outcome. Here, you start with a planning or analytical phase. What exactly does the trainee need to learn? What are the skills required to obtain the outcome? What knowledge and attitude must the trainee possess? What experience do they already have? When all of these details are perfectly established in alignment with the educational bodies developing the material, the learning outcomes can be written.
What are the Reasons for Implementing Outcome-based Education?
Let’s discuss further in detail as to why outcome-based education is the need of the hour. In the age of globalization, where everything is changing at a rapid pace, it is important to stay relevant in context to the demands of the society. With technology’s massive upsurge, more and more skills are needed to thrive as an individual. Academic organizations must follow the requirement of generating graduates to deal with technological developments. Therefore, the transition from the traditional education system to results-based education system has become an absolute necessity. However, the question remains, how is the outcome-based education beneficial with its learner-centric approach? Let’s highlight some important elements of outcome-based education.
Clarity is a very crucial trait for teachers as well as students. It is extremely important to have a direct approach with clarity in each category and all levels. Outcome-based education formulates a transparent expectation of the results. For learners to be able to advance, they need to understand what they expect, and teachers can also understand the things they want to demonstrate throughout the course.
The outcome-based approach is not dependent on a stagnant instructional methodology. Teachers are provided with the freedom to experiment and use any suitable methodology to bring out the best results. Teachers can constitute their classes per the wishes of the students, reading transparently what needs to be done. Since outcome-based education is a student-centered ideology, teachers are also able to acknowledge the diversity with various assessment techniques. Study guides, cluster work and seminars are some of the concepts instructors facilitate to the students to grasp and learn.
With outcome-based education, instructors are constantly analyzing the accomplishments of a student and also highlighting the area of concerns to provide individual assistance. This helps both the institution as well as the students. It also helps teachers to assess the evolution and growth of the student over a certain quantity and to help them achieve desired results.
The participation of students is an important element of outcome-based education. This type of learning involves systemic growth as well as individual growth. Students take responsibility for their learning and make attempts to fully understand the fabric. They do not look to blame their failures upon someone else, eventually allowing themselves to study fair and square and learn inherently.
Moving ahead with the conventional approach and old-school model of learning and reciting facts is no longer sustainable in today’s highly technological society. Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an impactful teaching technique enlightening students with skills and knowledge, varying from project management to assertiveness.
The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) states, with PBL students “investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex problem, or challenge, with deep and sustained attention. ArchForKids LLC explains it even more precisely: PBL is “learning by doing.”
Various studies have highlighted significant improvements in student test scores, attendance and classroom engagement. There is a great requirement for 21st century students to carry skills like time management, information synthesizing, problem-solving, research gathering, teamwork, critical thinking, communicating and utilizing high-tech tools.
Apart from the escalation of academic achievement, PBL is transformative as it hones students’ personal growth, making them more aware of their learning process, guided and mentored by a skilled teacher.
In this day and age, where everything is so fast-paced, we need well-equipped young people to stand up and be able to match the needed intensity. PBL is a step towards the future, as it slowly transitions into solving the real-world problems rather than the traditional exam-based and essay learning stratagem.
Education is the primary concern for the upcoming generation. In the given circumstances and complex society that we live in, PBL is rapidly making an appearance in the minds of the educationists and policymakers, who are willing to introduce it into the education system.
Projects have creative and viable existence, they are an active source of learning, and it is better to hand out projects to students rather than making them sit and reciting it all out for them. This would help the students engage more authentically in the given topics and generate interest and look for best and practical solutions.
Below are various benefits of project-based learning and how it can nurture our kids into looking for tangible problems, live in a world of facts and then come up with unfeigned explication.
1. Project Management: Sizing up assignments, setting priorities, creating a timeline, all these factors help students to facilitate and manage their projects more coherently. Students learn about their strengths and weaknesses and how much effort they’re willing to put into any given project.
2. Collaboration: Relationships with the teachers, fellow group and community members grow strong, giving the students different perspectives and insights at looking towards a project, asking open-ended questions and tackling challenges for future references and beyond.
3. Teachers Spend Less Time Teaching Individuals: In PBL, students can teach students. Any given student who has grasped the underlying concept of a given topic can create an atmosphere of collective learning by teaching and explaining the methods to other students. Hence, PBL can be used as a solution for teachers to spend less time catering to each individual in a class.
4. Critical Thinking: Students become solution-oriented and they are always looking to deal with the potential hindrances in the most efficient way, thinking of ways to find solutions.
5. Creativity: With an in-depth understanding of their projects and what they want out of it, students think of innovative ideas and various possibilities to execute their plans.
6. Scope of Work: The first and foremost benefit of PBL is that it allows educators, teachers, and students to swiftly adopt new structures around projects and give up on having lecture-based learning and reading-writing assignments of the traditional approach. Students get an overview of their entire project and how they can move forward with it.
7. Prepared for the Real-World: PBL enables students to face real-world problems in the form of projects. Each project is an experiment, and with each success and failure, they learn something new. PBL students enter the field with enough experience and rationality, realizing the needs of today’s world and are not disembodied with logical reasoning and reality of society.
8. Inclusion of Technology: Students select projects based on their interests, and are more likely to have technology involved such as computers, internet, interactive whiteboards, cameras and GPS Devices.
9. Tracking of Progress: In PBL, there is an opportunity to track the progress of the activities of both the students and the teacher. However, this phenomenon is missing and non-existent in the traditional classroom-based structure.
10. Problem Solving: Going through an entire process of a project, students face real community issues, and can develop a coping mechanism with various stages like project scoping, work planning, activity performing and tracking. Students learn to monitor, carry out observations, conduct surveys, research, report, present and communicate, and collaborate with people involved.
Change is the law of nature. Some changes are planned, while some changes are thrust upon us. The disruption caused by COVID-19 and the deluge of change that followed was imposed upon us. The transformative change impacted the education system and students from all age groups–from kindergarten to postgraduates–were the first few to feel the heat of the new challenges as it literally pulled them out of their comfort zones.
The fact of the matter is that these changes are here to stay and as for mastering the technology, the sooner the better. As we all know, children are exposed to tech gadgets like mobile phones, video game consoles, etc., and start interacting with them at an early age, but systematic learning is something different.
Various articles and reports emphasize systematic teaching because it makes children resilient in the long run. The knowledge will be an asset for them as it will endow them with the most sought-after skills such as problem-solving, comprehending instructions, communicating, and creating new things. In technical terms, these technical skills are called Information Communication Technology (ICT) capabilities, which include basic knowledge and usage of the digital technologies around them. The requirement for each age group is different, but nowadays everything has been simplified so, learning technology has become a child’s play.
Let’s look at the five tech skills that children must know:
How to Use Devices, Emails
That the young generation starts interacting with technology at an early stage is a fact, but the current scenario turned leisure into compulsion by compelling children to move to online academic sessions instantly via computers, tablet/iPad, or mobile phone. Familiarity with these devices was not the issue, but a systematic knowledge was the challenge. A few basic tech skills – how to turn on a computer and how to shut it down; how to use log-in and password to join the sessions, how to check emails for assignments, and how to make a video call–are some of the important skills that children should gain. These basics will make your children independent.
The next step should be learning Word Processing, and one of the common word processing applications is Microsoft Word. Learning is all about practice, and the children can master word processing by practicing regularly. It would include everything–creating folders and files, writing/editing and saving files, and finally, giving print commands. Later, children can also learn other word processing applications such as Google Docs and Open Office.
A podcast is largely described as an audio content made available on the internet. We can download it to a computer or mobile device, and its consumption is on the surge in the US. According to The Infinite Dial 2020 from Edison Research and Triton Digital report, over one-third of Americans aged 12 and over (104 Million) are consuming podcasts regularly. Podcasts are engaging and a creative learning tool with various benefits – it helps the children in word recognition and improves listening comprehension. This is one aspect of a podcast. Children should also learn to create podcasts. Schools start teaching public speaking as early as the first grade and, therefore, it should be easier for the children to follow these steps to create podcasts.
Steps to Create a Podcast:
Topic – Start by selecting a favorite topic.
Format – discussion, interview, or storytelling.
Software – Audacity, Anchor, Garage Band, Adobe Audition, etc
Science Games and Activities
Children are natural learners and it is important to focus on their natural interest. It can be achieved via science games and activities because these games are engaging and introduce children to various aspects of technology starting from computers and the internet, robots and their types, and help in building tech vocabulary. Not just that it also helps in skill-building, simulation fluency, problem-solving and strategic thinking. For the younger ones, this activity offers both fun and learning.
A common question that comes to the mind is how early should kids learn to code? According to experts, ideally, 7-years-old can start learning to program basics, but nowadays, coding has been simplified so children can start much earlier. Thanks to some popular screen-free learning games such as Magnetic Tiles Coding Activity that teaches algorithms, sequencing, and debugging; rocket ship decomposition tells kids about decompositions and algorithms! Then you have another offline game that improves the executive functioning skills of children. Titled Coding Game Improving Executive Functions, it teaches essential programming skills of breaking down big tasks. There is a long list of such games and the parents’ vouch for them saying their children can’t get enough of it.
For a strong basis, they recommend a systematic learning approach, especially in technology as it helps in building a sound foundation of learning and empowers children with a better understanding of the technology.