“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I Learn” goes the famous saying by Benjamin Franklin. This quote has been my inspiration. I have been very fortunate to be part of the learning journey of children between the age group of 4 – 6 for about 6 years now and I feel there is an important connection between doing and learning. It is all about allowing children to explore and discover knowledge. The environment plays an important role to boost their creativity and offer them the opportunity to explore and understand at their own pace.
IB has identified five categories of inter-related skills that support students of all ages to become self-regulated learners. Learners, who know how to ask good questions, set effective goals and pursue their aspirations with the determination to achieve them. The skills are collectively referred to as Approaches to Learning (ATL).
Throughout our curriculum, the ATLs are strategically planned so that learners have the opportunity to develop in all five skill areas. Teachers design learning engagements that also create opportunities and allows students a chance to grow in a range of skill areas.
Some examples of skill development during virtual classes are:
Thinking skills – Learners are able to stay flexible and open-minded when making a choice or learning something new.
Social skills – Social skills does not mean social interaction alone. Children are following directions, expressing ideas, feelings and thoughts. They are taking turns to speak. They are able to understand someone else’s perspective during the reflection sharing sessions. All of these are part of social skills.
Communication skills – The learners have adapted well to the online mode of learning. They speak clearly to share and explain their ideas. They are listening respectfully and responsibly to others so that everyone in the class can understand.
Self-Management skills – The most important skill is Time Management, which is one of the universal skill. All our learners follow the class timetable and join the sessions on time. They are developing organization skills by planning their day with synchronous and asynchronous tasks.
Research skills – The learners have become experts in looking up information about any topic using the kid’s safe search engines.
By the end of a grade level, students have had multiple opportunities to develop within the five skill areas. Teachers use assessment and data analysis to determine how students are progressing in their acquisition of skills. Skills are valuable assets in any learning experience. Skill development is essential in order to face the challenges of everyday life.