How can our public schools do a better job reaching our children? Children like adults fall into one or more categories of learner preferences, kinesthetic, auditory or visual. The delivery system or pedagogy for presenting information has for the most part been the same for more than 75 years. Much has been done to improve curriculum, from a content perspective. Still it is the method in which people receive the information and then are offered opportunities to interpret and apply the information that are the highest forms of learning. Performance is also the proven best practice for testing. Rote memorization and regurgitating answers to written questions is the lowest level of learning. No Child Left Behind has made, “Teaching to the test”, a common phrase. Now our children will have the added stress of having to pass a test to graduate from High School. So, what is the solution?
Change the methods in which we deliver content. We now know the best methods for teaching everyone, not just our children, is through modern scientific research on how the brain learns. The Living Education curriculum is one such method. Developed by Dr. Andrea Seidman, these modern approaches engage children in the learning process by integrating the basic skills of reading, math, social studies and the sciences into themes relevant and meaningful to their lives. By integrating the subject matter connections are made to and from various areas of the brain. Brain connections are keys in building essential skills and developing important cognitive assets for life-long success. This is good for all age learners. Every educator; teachers and administrators of all age levels may use these methods to create a brain-friendly environment catering to the individual student’s learning style, strengths and ability. Brain-friendly classrooms are important in creating the most optimal surroundings for learning. Adopting modern 21st century methods of teaching 21st century people will result in better outcomes for children and society.
With three locations in and around Newtown, Pennsylvania, A Child’s World offers early education and daycare center services to families with young children. To learn more about our child care facilities, please call us at (215) 519-1993.