The unconventional methods of learning


In a world of students capable of self-directed learning, the orthodox teaching methods need to be transformed into unconventional and student-driven methods. “Do not train children in learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each”, said Plato. There are various ways of creating a self-guided and constructive learning environment for the students.

  • Having a flexible curriculum is going to help the education system on different levels. It doesn’t come across like the “ideal step” in enhancing the education system to many, but it is certainly a desperate measure.
  • Parents must indulge in their child’s early education. Early childhood education forms the pillars of the child’s overall development and is thus a very important part of the child’s education.
  • Giving the students the freedom of expression they seek. Giving the required attention to the students’ opinions helps them with the validation they need at their early age.
  • Providing the students a certain level of control over what and how they learn, liberates them on many levels. This way the students will not only develop a sense of responsibility, but will also be inherently motivated to learn.
  • The teachers should be able to provide the students with a very comfortable environment, wherein the students are allowed to explore their own interests.
  • Teaching the students real life skills will help them deal with diverse situations in a better way.
  • Focusing on the cognitive skills in adherence to the child’s interests will encourage the students to learn and explore more.

Albert Einstein once said “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think”. Social responsibility and ethics must be considered as inevitable parts of education. Moral education being an underrated concept, calls for more attention in classroom teaching.

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