Child Development Education

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think”.

Child development Education means to acquire knowledge, skills and build child’s capacity leading to the overall development of a child. Traditionally, education was teacher centered; the teacher was the expert and the dispenser of knowledge to the students. But, these days in dynamic classrooms, the teaching and learning process is becoming ineffective due to the lack of innovation and student involvement. Just upgrading the board centric curriculum will not help as much as practicing the creative methodologies will.

For the overall development of a child few/certain methods should be adopted such as

Creativity: Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is the highest form of intelligence because it goes beyond information recall, extends into knowledge creation and promotes child development and education.

Creativity of students can be enhanced by giving them adequate amount of freedom to respond to a particular scenario. Students should be given a chance to identify themselves as the creators of ideas which leads to building of “Critical thinking.” This can be done by conducting child development classes.

Critical thinking: This type of thinking is activated when individual encounter unfamiliar problems, uncertainties, and questions. It helps a person in stepping out from his own personal beliefs and opinions to sort out things and find the truth because an individual looks for evidences before believing.

Reasoning: It is the capacity to make sense of things by applying logic, verifying facts, and changing existing practices.

Problem Solving: This is a part which every one faces in daily life. Everyday we have to solve numerous problems from simple to complex. It must be ensured that student’s be a part of cooperative learning, group discussion, brainstorming, language study sessions since it leads to their overall development. Cooperative Learning: It is a learning which aims to organise classroom activities into academic and social learning. It encourages students to use verbal and non verbal communication to solve problems, they are accountable for their tasks which develops the sense of responsibility in them. It also develops leadership quality, decision making, trust building and friendship.

Group discussion: It aims to conduct a systematic exchange of knowledge, ideas among the group members. These types of discussions help the students to build onto their perspective with logical reasoning. It shows the weaker areas and helps to improve on them by rectifying mistakes.

Brain storming: It helps the individual student to increase their confidence. It focuses on a single topic for a limited period of time, so that it generates ideas which provide an opportunity for students to expand their existing knowledge by building their contribution, removing hesitation.

Not only this, child develops his basic outlook values and ideas not only in school, but also at home, neighbourhood and community. Healthy atmosphere must be provided to child at school as well as at home. Ample opportunities must be provided at home and at school for proper physical development of the child. Morning physical exercise/yoga should be made compulsory in school since it is crucial that the child starts his/her day with positivity.

At last all these must be inculcated in children for their overall development and creating best future citizens for the country.

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