LUCKNOW || The Teacher's day was celebrated by WICCI Elementary Education Council in a unique way by organising a webinar on "How to teach your child through experiential learning - the 21st Century education model " as part of a talk series on "Disruptive education - the new 21st century model" .
WICCI Elementary Education India, vertical of Women’s India Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, founded by Dr Harbeen Arora and under the Presidentship of Jasmin Kumar has an array of experts and the webinar was moderated by Shagun Singhal Garg, an Educationist and a motivational speaker. The webinar saw a power packed set of panelists namely Jasmin Kumar, Dr Megha Bhatt, Suprabha Jha and Prachee Gaur.
Jasmin Kumar, who supports the NEP wholeheartedly and believes the policy will help strengthen the education system discussed on experiential learning and how it can be implemented at ground level with the help of schools, educators and parents . Experiential learning she emphasizes plays an important role in shaping up the learning process at foundation years.
It helps children prepare for the 21st century required skills with hands-on learning and storytelling as some of the excellent methods of teaching. She believes that teaching is not necessarily a bookish thing but also happens with outdoor trips such as a grocery story visit where they can observe and learn the real life use of maths. Importance of coding as an essential skill set has been encouraged as part of NEP, taking into account that the future is AI driven.
Suprabha Jha puts her idea on how books need to change with changing times. According to her, a book is well compiled ,thought proven way for teaching and the publishers also need to have a thought leader and adopt to new approaches and times. She believes there is a gradual shift from teacher model to facilitator model. Educators should use technology to craft curriculum where parents and community members can act as facilitators for education to reach every nook and corner of our country.
Dr Megha Bhatt puts her idea on how the online mode of education should not be an exact replica of offline educating approaches, the primary reason why a child feels not connected at times with online mode of education. It's important to have better engagement tools for better interaction between a learner and the educator. Online education has to adapt to new technologies and cater to a holistic learning method.
She believes that in early years a child's life is all about imagination and creativity. This is the best time to encourage them to observe and learn from surroundings which is a key point of experiential learning. She emphasizes age appropriate learning content and not pushing children to anything and everything under peer pressure.
Prachee Gaur, discussed how a child's psychology should be taken into account for experiential learning. Classroom management, handling children with a lot of patience and having more interactive methods of learning are an important aspect of experiential learning. She shared her views on how parents can involve their children at home through experiential learning methods. It's important to open up, explore and try out things at home. They can be involved in some activities that activates the mind, helps in focussing and learn from surroundings.
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