We are affected by the current pandemic in all areas of our lives. With educational institutions closing across the country, most parents are now struggling to choose a good school during a pandemic. Let's highlight the two most important things to consider when determining our criteria for a good school.
Tomorrow's children: These Generation Z / Alpha kids are way smarter than our previous generation. They have easy access to the Internet and to technologies such as smartphones, iPad and apps with which they can create music and videos and share them worldwide. You grow up faster with an unlimited amount of information. So we need to provide them with education that is just as quick and easily accessible, stimulates their curious creative spirit, and helps them collaborate with others internally and globally.
21 .. Generation formation: And now this brings us the need for a 21st generation education that aligns our children to achieve 21st century skills such as creativity, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, negotiation and cognitive flexibility. These skills are needed to empower children to adapt to the rapidly changing world and to help them overcome the pressures of memorization. Curriculum mapping and strategic planning must be done in such a way that they can teach these 21st century skills.
1. Our child's need: Our search should begin with "what our child needs and how the school helps him / her to achieve these goals".
2. Leaders learn: A good school is driven by good educators. It is time to look beyond a teacher's educational qualifications and work experience and find confident, positive, and caring teachers. They should be updated with the latest technological tools for effective distance learning. We need teachers who are willing to learn and unlearn and relearn so that they can empower children and constantly create ways to make learning more attractive. fulfilled and creative.
3. Open classrooms: Large open space learning areas are a defining feature of the 21st century school environment. More and more schools are replacing traditional classrooms with open study rooms, individual quiet areas and large rooms for immersive learning that are configured socially distant.
4. Problem-based learning through memorization: The technique of memorization inhibits creative learning. Unfortunately, most students continue to be educated in the same way as in the past, with a standardized curriculum through memorization and individual testing at a consistent pace. To develop the skills of the 21st century, we need to change our learning pedagogy to prepare learners to function productively in this ever-changing and very demanding environment. We need high quality research-based progressive methods: problem-based learning, experiential learning, research-based learning, project-based learning.
5. Alignment with NEP: The New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 was adopted on July 29, 2020, significantly changing the curriculum, teaching method and assessments. The NEP is ambitious and forward-looking and needs to review how the school aligns with the new policy on a variety of parameters.
1. An emphasis on combating memorization and promoting experiential conceptual learning
2. A focus on critical thinking and creativity
3. The aim is to improve social and emotional skills such as empathy, perseverance, teamwork and community participation.
4. Assessment reforms with revised learning outcomes (LO), which track student progress using a variety of qualitative (competency-based) and other quantitative (concept-based) methods.
1.Advisor and mental wellbeing: At a time when mental health and wellbeing are one of the greatest challenges facing our young learners, a 21st century education should teach students skills such as communication, emotional quotient and inclusivity. Hence, we need to look for schools that invest heavily in counselors, focus on therapeutic interventions, practice mindfulness, collaborate and support parents whose children are suffering from any type of stress or anxiety.
2. Security: Safety is the number one concern of all parents, and schools should rightly give priority to the safety of their children at all times. Parameters such as the school's handling of bullying and harassment cases and the training of staff in an emergency become very important.
3. Cooperation with parents: Schools that are willing to involve parents through their policy making, decision making and the child's growth process are the schools we need to consider when choosing the best school for our children.
4th Use of updated distance learning practices: While virtual learning replaced learning techniques in the classroom during this pandemic, it is a new normal that continues even after the school reopens. Schools need to keep abreast of the latest and updated e-learning tools and use apps and tools to create a rich digital infrastructure so learners can actively engage with content, upload assignments and have access to workspaces for collaboration .
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