In my career of 20-plus years as a teacher, I have come across children of different nature and thoughts. Normally a child of 4-5 years of age behaves as if they are in their own unique world and interacts with adults on topics directly related to them or others. We often perceive them as innocent and naive. But sometimes they show signs of heightened emotional and mental intelligence. One such example I like to share with you all.
One day, one of my students was riding his bicycle and saw 4-5 stray dogs on the road in front of the school premises. He stopped for a moment and thought for a minute and went back to his home. He reached home and told his mother about the dogs and said, ”Mumma! My teacher uses the same road daily to come to the school. If there are dogs, then how will she be able to come to school and teach me? His mother told him she will tell his teacher to take care when she will come to school.
The next day, his mother shared this conversation with me during the class. I was very surprised that such a young boy could think to that extent.
This shows that the Pre-Primary student is also capable of showing quite a lot of concern and exhibit emotional intelligence. We must never underestimate them.
A hope to touch the horizon, A hope to be one in a million, and a hope to be ???
Awaiting for the moment to hear the jingling of the bells, waiting for the tiny footsteps to tap again the slides, waiting for the twinkling smiles to shine. Swings are swaying alone, waiting for those little arms to hold around. The tabletops, the chair, the playgrounds are all silent; the boards are blank and the walls are quiet. Everything is gradually peeping out from the doors of hope. Just hoping one day we all will come together and make this hope a reality and open the doors of our school once again and see little angels entering the door with a bang. The entire education system has become a topsy-turvy where teachers, apart from imparting knowledge to the children, are also catering how to deal with their anxiety that the children are close to the screen but they are far away from their peers. The social development which we always want children to grow with has been lost somewhere. We all hope that this all ends and we all see the ray of hope to see our kids back in school.
Hope to see that the grey clouds move away and we can see those tiny little hands stretching high to touch the silver lining in the sky.
The National Education Policy 2020 gives a lot of emphasis on coding and 21st century skills. In this world of digital revolution, coding plays a major role in developing skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative working. Teaching coding at a very young age empowers students in understanding a problem, designing solution, and expressing it.
The myth that coding is programming has always led to the belief that coding takes place only in computer science subject. Are you aware that sequencing, which is one of the coding concepts used in programming can also be applied across various subjects?
Just, like how the sequence in a set of code instructs a computer to follow the steps and order, in the same way it can also be used in solving math problems and developing plotlines in story-writing as it also follows a specific order of events/ steps.
If students are creating their own game or story, or solving puzzles, learning to code helps them build and improve their problem-solving, logical thinking and critical thinking skills.
Coding without computers paves the way in enhancing computational thinking skills, which involves splitting larger tasks into a logical sequence of smaller steps, diagnosing errors and coming up with new approaches. Computational thinking is seen as a skill set that every student needs to develop and is related with a number of other 21st century competencies.
It is amazing how the management had envisioned the importance of coding and introduced Computational Thinking activities across all School of Scholars by integrating it in Maths and IT curriculum. What started as a pilot project in 2017 has now become an integral part of our curriculum. We are one of the pioneer schools across Vidarbha to integrate computational thinking in Mathematics.
However, the activities of computational thinking have been taken forward across subjects where algorithm for safe flight, withdraw money from bank, agricultural practices and many more were done by students. The most favourite activity not only for students but also for teachers is ‘Guess my birth date’ which is conducted even during teachers training programmes. Another game which the students enjoy the most is tic-tac-toe which they play not only during their free times but also in the playground using disc.
The 21st Century Skills envisaged by CBSE mentions “prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented and problems that we don’t yet know will arise..” , and we at School of Scholars are committed to prepare our students to have strong fundamentals, which helps them to cope with any technological advancements and/or problems faced in life.