Innovation in learning and teaching methods needs to be redefined every now and then to make learning more meaningful and contemporary. Modern pedagogy includes new ideas and methods that add to the learning experience. Innovation is the antidote to boredom and rote learning. I have found that children learn best in an environment that induces thought and cross learning.
While choosing the best play schools or best preschools for our little learners our priority should be finding a preschool development program for our little learners that’s not only globally relevant but also well researched. I have found all of these attributes in QualityKG accredited preschools.
Here are some innovative learning techniques that are taking the world of early education by a storm:
- Crossover learning encourages children to learn from alternative centers of learning. This includes learning at alternative learning areas like a museum or after school clubs that can link the preschool curriculum with related activities. This method provides an authentic and engaging method that stays with the child for a lifetime.
- Learning through argumentation is also an important learning technique. This method allows the child to learn through pitching contrasting ideas to each other and learning through discussion. New ideas are discussed and refined when teachers spark debates among the little learners.
- Incidental or unplanned learning when the child undertakes an activity which is seemingly not related to the learning structure. This could be from the internet too!
- Nature and heritage walks encourage contextual learning. The child sees something first hand and through question and answer learns about the concept.
- A powerful approach to problem-solving is computation. Breaking large problems into smaller pieces is a wonderful approach. This is very doable in a preschool classroom in the form of small math problems that are solved through play cards. The aim is to teach children logic and structured thinking.
- Science is easily taught by doing small experiments. For example, boiling water changes to vapor and back to water droplets shows the child the three physical states.
- Embodied learning occurs when the self-awareness of the body while learning a new physical activity like a sport enables the child to gather physical motor feedback.
- Adaptive teaching is probably the most effective learning process. The teacher can actively adapt the teaching material to suit the child’s readiness levels so that all children have equal opportunities to grow at their own pace. This ensures that no child is bored, or lost or unable to learn at a fixed level. This also symbolizes the law of readiness in the context of real-time pedagogy.
- Emotions can be analyzed and physical tracking of body language can be used to track the child’s level of learning. The response of the child can be used to create a unique learning opportunity that will help the child learn in a more engaged manner.
Assessment of the innovative pedagogy
Teachers and parents alike can use stealth assessment methods by using digital technology to track the child’s learning levels, improvement, engagement and parallel learning activities. These innovations are easily integrated into the schools curricular by means of preschool curriculum accreditation to promote all round growth of the child. Children develop emotionally, physically and cognitively in the alternate and complementing styles of learning outside of the fixed and standard learning methods.