Top 5 Education Trends In 2019: Why They Seem Promising For Our Kids!

Advances in technology have always been at the forefront of formal school education. The Indian education system has come a long way from stone tablets and wall carvings to the use of high-end devices for learning and assessment, in the classrooms. Technological advances, better pedagogies, improved delivery of knowledge using smart board classrooms and state-of-art infrastructure have undoubtedly ferried individual capabilities to new heights.

With a newer understanding of children through the researches in the area of child development and child psychology, the need for an even more focussed child-centric education is becoming inescapable.

Therefore, the need for constant improvements and advancements in education is seemingly endless.

In this post, we intend to highlight5 recent advances in K-12 education that may not seem most innovative, exciting or novel, but they’re effective in developing skills crucial for our child’s survival amidst unimaginable challenges in the future.

Let’s take a look at what is trending in education this year!

Top 5 Education Trends In Last One Decade — How They’ve Upped The Charts To Benefit Children!

1. Gamification: Robotics, Coding And Game-based Learning

‘Robotics’ isn’t just about designing robots and machines. Programming is an engaging activity that adequately integrates all the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields in a way no other subject can.

According to author Lauren Foreman, “the demand for skilled workers in ‘STEM’ jobs will soon outrun supply, considering the multi-fold growth of the industry in the future.” Wouldn’t we all want our kids to have sustainable skills and high-paying jobs in the long run?

Also, learning to develop machines and games, enables children to demystify a complex technology by controlling the functioning of machines and understanding their limitations, advancements and higher applications in real life.

Benefits:

· Suitable for children with wide-ranging abilities

· Consistent interactions with the recent scientific tools and practices

· Learning how to give precise instructions

· Developing HOTS (High Order Thinking Skills) and problem-solving skills

· Gaining a better understanding of complex digital languages (like C++).

2. The rise of Structured Feedback & Assessment Methods

Would you like it when you’re rated 6 on a scale of 10, without being told what the rating is about and why your friend is a 9 on 10? It’s essentially the same with kids.

I- Such compliments may either boost a child’s confidence multi-folds or bring it down to the ground.

Replacing marks and letter grades with healthier alternatives, such as skill-based matrices for assessments, standards-based reporting (based on metacognitive actions, reflection, narrative or anecdotal parameters), and non-point-based rubrics (highlighting individual capabilities), is always better!

Benefits:

· Children now precisely why, how and where they can improve

· Are graded on their skills and abilities

· Understand what to do next when they’ve reached a particular level

· Thrive amidst healthy competition

3. The inclusion of dedicated Thinking Curriculum/Sessions for children

II- This approach transforms a child’s perspectives when they reflect, driven by their knowledge, experiences, interests, and curiosity to learn.

Thinking skills are integral mental processes in humans. Every day we take millions of decisions from whether we want to wake up to what tasks do we want to accomplish and more. We use our thinking skills to make decisions, to evaluate the decisions or situations, to solve problems, ask questions, to organize information, to imagine and to create objects.

So, the inclusion of thinking periods or emphasis on integrated thinking curriculum is not just fad but a crucial need for the future generation. The ‘thinking period’ combines all the elements necessary for a child’s overall growth — inquiry, autonomy, exploration, self-direction, self-regulation, grit and passion-based learning, through fun activities like puzzles, Jenga, riddles, craft, games etc.

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Benefits:

· Development of analytical, logical, creative, predictive and critical thinking skills in children.

· Children learn to organize information which would be a fundamental skill required considering the overload of information in the technologically advanced era.

· Children have the choice to find answers their way and approach the same conclusion via different paths.

· They develop the habit of thinking and evaluating their activities.

4. Differentiated Learning and Personalised Attention

Is it fair to expect a child to solve word problems when he has just gotten the hang of one/two-digit addition sums? Can we judge the potential of two individuals with different skills, through the same test or assignment? This is why personalized interventions are important in a class where students portray a myriad of skills and mental abilities.

Personalization shouldn’t be confined to one-on-one tutoring and assessment, but delivering differentiated instructions through tools and practices such as ‘choice boards,’ ‘tiered learning targets,’ ‘innovation projects,’ ‘learning stations,’ ‘structured report cards,’ ‘reflective assignments,’ etc., that provide multiple avenues for acquiring and processing information, forming ideas, learning and applying the same concepts effectively, regardless of individual differences in abilities. Only then can we bring all students at par with learning within the classrooms.

Benefits:

· Teachers can identify and improve individual skills, monitor the progress of new skills, and address the needs of different students.

· Students develop an understanding of their capabilities and are encouraged to attain a higher level, at their own pace with thinking, practice, and collaboration.

5. Growth Mindset

What if your child comes to a standstill, where he refuses to pursue his/her dreams due to a fear of failures, expectations, and labels? What if they never realize their true potential or believe they’ve attained ‘the best’ and there is nothing beyond it? These are the instances where having a growth mindset will probe kids to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy efforts and continue learning to improve.

Nowadays, schools have started adopting activities that can help children to reflect on how their mindset and abilities can change their learning potential, find new ways to manage setbacks and accomplishments and figure out specific instances where they can have a fixed mindset, growth mindset, or both, to develop their skills.

III- Ways to develop a growth mindset.

Benefits:

· Constructive insight and self-confidence

· Developing a positive perspective, resilience, and grit

· Better social interactions

· Continuous improvement with learning

· Raising oneself above labels and stereotypes

· Transforming weaknesses into strengths

· Enjoying efforts, progress, and improvement

· Doing away with negative feelings and depressions

That’s all on our list for now! Stay tuned for more updates on top education trends.

It’s time we shift our focus from just delivering and implementing technology to emphasizing on leveraging both technological and non-technological advancements for helping children recognize and attain their maximum learning potential. Don’t you agree?