Early Childhood Education

It gives me immense pleasure to share some of my experiences as a teacher that gave me a wonderful opportunity to learn new things which made me a better teacher. But before I do that, I would like to share my learning experiences from the past without which it may be difficult to perceive the changes that took place in my teaching style.

This article focuses on the changing role of a teacher since last twenty years and the way the responsibilities have multiplied with its impact on the teaching-learning and their mental health.

I saw Aadhya, a child from 1st standard (name changed) today while walking back from the school throwing a nice and capturing smile at me. It just warmed my heart. It just moved me, thinking how this child was just a day before.

What is the best way to teach young children a language? This topic has been baffling and creating a lot of deliberations among teachers and educationists. Although a lot of experiments have been done to address this issue and many innovative techniques have also been developed, but language teaching, particularly, depends on environment and circumstances. Each child develops his own understanding of language. It is in this context that I want to share my teaching experience.

Replicating the manufacturer's intended outcome is no joy. The real joy for the child would come from her experience of the 'seed' idea that she can play with and then recreate (revise, refine & remix) it all by herself. There lies the beauty of the process over the hyped final product. Take this 3 minute idea-share from K B Jinan & ponder over the possibilities when the child (re)creates her own toys...

In this article, I shall discuss two important aspects of school life. First, the aims and use of the school assembly and second, teaching the same subject at different levels.

The Assembly

Generally when thinking or speaking about any theme sometimes it is possible to arrive at a consensus of various viewpoints while sometimes it is not. To look at the world with open eyes everybody has their own perspective. It is according to one’s thinking that one looks at the world. Our thinking impacts the extent to which we will be successful in life. We should always look at ourselves, our family and friends with a positive perspective and give them positivity too.

This is a fun craft for all space loving kids.

Us: “Why is waste bad?”

Child 1: “Waste is bad because it makes the place smell and harms animals”

Us: “What can we do about waste?”

Child 2: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”

Us: “Okay. But do you know how this is done? and what do you do before recycling?”

All Children: *Silence*

The moment we hear the word school, a picture of a building with many teachers and children appears in our mind. And when we talk about the academic activities of the school, we visualise a classroom where the teacher is facing the children who are sitting in rows in a systemic manner. There is nothing wrong with this imagery because this is how we see the classrooms most of the time.

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