Early Childhood Education Strategies for 2020
Over a period of time, we have seen the face of education evolve right in front of our eyes. Teachers all over the world are leaving no stone unturned to prepare our children with the skillsets they need to succeed in today’s changing educational landscape. In the year 2020 and beyond, the onus needs to be on fostering learning environments that encourage technology, social responsibility, global awareness, collaboration, communication, problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking.
Mentioned below are some strategies early childhood educators are using extensively to ensure a bright future for today’s kids.
- Born in the age of the Internet, many of today’s kids are more technologically savvy compared to their teachers. Therefore, to connect more effectively with these kids, it is important for the teachers to speak their language and get acquainted with the technologies that are appealing to their young students. By integrating technology, it is possible for the teachers to tap into the interests of the students and enhancing their technician skill, while creating compelling learning opportunities. These days a number of technology enabled teaching tools are available all over the world, making the job easier for the teachers.
- The days of teacher-centred instruction are probably over. These days, more and more effective teachers are transitioning into a student-centred approach. This type of cooperative learning encourages students to interact amongst themselves. Instead of discussing with one student at a time, the teacher creates groups to discuss class materials. Instead of running a one-man show, the role of teacher becomes more of a facilitator. This, in turn, promotes team building while leading to higher achievement.
- Differentiated instruction is yet another strategy teachers can use to address the varied individual requirements of the students in a classroom. Children’s cognitive learning style describes learner characteristics as well as the activity types in which the learners thrive. By matching assignments to the level of readiness and offering extension activities or appropriate intervention as per requirement, the teachers can help make this differentiation. Another great way to differentiate is to allow children the freedom to select activities based on their areas of interest. Availability of choices can be excellent motivators for the young ones. In a large class of diverse learners, small-group work helps meet the needs of the learners.
- Making children the part of a goal-setting process encourages our little ones to take ownership of their education. Goal setting must be very simply and clear. Use of anchor charts, organizers, and similar aids has now become commonplace amongst teachers for further facilitation of goal setting. In general, to help children reach their specific goals, teachers must be able to provide them frequent and specific feedback as well as adequate time for self-reflection.
- Unlike the traditional concept of teaching subjects in isolation, it is much more helpful for the students to learn multiple subjects simultaneously. Project-based learning, problem-based learning, and inquiry-based learning are some of the key approaches to simultaneous learning. These methods work wonders for children because the students are not just told what they should know. Instead, the students are engaged in exploring and uncovering certain things in a more meaningful way.
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