Accepting New Methods of Learning & Teaching

The current education styles are mainly guided by the principle that passing a grade ensures complete learning of that level. A deeper introspection of what really fulfils the learning experience of a child is required. It is important to understand the nuances of the learning curve taken by each child. Any system that compels students to belong to a certain dominant lobby can suppress the spirit of innovation.

For students to evolve into skilled professionals of tomorrow, they need to be able to operate in a free atmosphere, exercise choices with a certain level of independence to shape their own lives. The idea is to look beyond the pass-fail binary. We don’t need just engineers, doctors and learners who attain the highest scores in an examination.

To put India truly on the global forefront, we need to nurture innovators, thinkers, philosophers, leaders and writers–to list a few–reflecting the diverse aspirations and dreams of a developing nation. For this, we need to establish newer ways of approaching education and reLauren_Rolwing_girl_reading_book_RGBdefine learning. MyPedia aims to implement these reforms, which are essential for smooth transitioning of students to skilled professionals of tomorrow.  

The first step to get closer to the vision of holistic learning is to embrace new methods of learning and teaching. It is important to familiarize teachers with newer concepts and different structures of delivering education.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach will further substantiate classroom education and support holistic development of children as well as teachers. Introducing a framework of continuous assessments, regular and real-time feedback can drastically improve the performance of students and help them identify their interests early in life.

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The Use of Reward In Positive Parenting

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The Use of Reward In Positive Parenting

Children are born curious. There is a whole new world to explore and most of their behaviour is adopted from adults, particularly their parents. Whatever be the age of your child, teaching them the benefits of discipline could be rewarding in the long run. Tangible rewards or social reinforcements are the most effective way to incentivise your child for their behaviour.

Rewarding good behaviour promotes learning and also helps parents to focus on their kids right doings. Tangible rewards can lead to a regular habit of greed–getting something in exchange for good behaviour; therefore, the motivation for good behaviour fades as the incentives stops. Instead, rewarding in the form of verbal encouragement and motivation can sustain internal motivation.

Let’s take a look at some tips on how to reward your child effectively for good behaviour:

Model an ultimate rewarding strategy of self-satisfaction and discipline.

Teach your kids how to take responsibility and ownership of their behaviour and get satisfaction from their own good deeds. For example, “My mom enrolled me for a dance class once I started keeping my room clean.” “I feel good about cleaning my room.”

Identify the type of incentives that would keep your child motivated.

A deep sense of emotional attachment motivates children. Rewards such as hugs, a pat on the shoulder, smiles, and positive attention works best for kids in understanding that they have done something worthwhile. Tangible rewards such as toys, money, treats, etc. can be effective too, but should not be given very often.

Positive reinforcement can be effective when started early.

Shower your toddlers with effusive praise, preschoolers with daily rewards, elementary children with documenting rewards charts. This will instill a sense of self-esteem at a young age. The incentives can be a special outing or a small toy for a week-long good behaviour.

Make good behaviour a daily habit.

Teach your kid how to follow a set routine by completing the non-fun stuff first, and then enjoying the fun stuff. This will help them start taking responsibilities. This isn’t a reward, but as parents and teachers, (Pearson School) it’s your responsibility to make good behaviour a habit, a daily routine both at school and at home.

Use consistent rewards to promote good behaviour with gradual decrease of rewards later.

Regular rewards could be fun, but stopping them could be daunting for parents. Positive reinforcement or rewards should be temporary as it helps in teaching a disciplined life. When the desired behaviour is learnt, providing irregular incentives will make good behaviour likely to persist. Ultimately your child’s self-satisfaction and self-approval will be rewarding enough to maintain that expected behaviour.

What should be an appropriate reward to promote good behaviour, in your opinion? Write to us in the comments!

5 Ways To Help Your Teen Understand The Value of Money

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It’s said that one of the greatest gifts you can give your child is to prepare them to be a responsible adult with money. As parents it’s your responsibility towards your children to help them develop a frame of mind that understands the value of money. When your child starts to believe that money can buy them anything and everything, they don’t understand where to stop or their limits. It’s in the interest of parents and their child alike to instill a sense of financial responsibility from early childhood through their teen years.

Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks to prepare your child to manage his/her finances:

1. Teach them how to manage their limited budget

Start teaching your kids about money early in life so that it becomes a habit. If they get easy money they will never value it. Fix their allowances. Make them earn their allowance rather than just providing it for free. Once you’ve given them their allowance, let them buy stuff they want. They will soon understand that being a spendthrift is not the right attitude as they won’t be able to afford anything new until their next allowance. This is how they will learn how to manage with their limited allowance.

2. There is no bank with unlimited supply of money

It’s important for kids to understand that money is not an inexhaustible, limitless resource. Let them manage their finances but let them learn to avoid unnecessary expenses. Ask them to help you with the household budget. Take them to the store with you, let them watch you pay the bill and that’s when they will understand the real cost of things and what they can buy and what they cannot within their budget.

3. Practise how to stay within a budget

Once you’ve given your child allowance, help them prioritize their expenses. Help your kids to make a list of the important things they want and urge them to keep a separate amount for unexpected spendings. The best way is to allot a daily budget and to assign dates to all the expenses and this is where parents need to guide their kids. Help your children to create a budget worksheet in order to track the flow of money.

4. Set a good example as parents

Children mimic their parents even while managing finances. So, if you’re a person who uses a credit card often, your kid will follow the same pattern; and if you are someone who saves a little amount every time you buy something, your kid will value money the same way. One way is to include your kid in your financial decisions like buying something online and how you consider good deals before spending your hard-earned money. Don’t hesitate to share your financial mistakes and your learnings. Giving an example is easy, but setting one is difficult.

5. Inculcate the habit to save

Learning to save money is a vital skill. Talking to your teens about saving money may seem like a daunting task, but it shouldn’t stop you from encouraging your kid to save little amount for their short-term goals such as buying a dress, football or cricket bat. Teaching your kids long-term saving can help them achieve long term goals, such as buying a car, house, and so on in future.

Being a parent is a full-time job, and this job comes with a lot of responsibilities. Inculcating good habits like understanding the value of money in your children is only going to make things easier for them in the future. So, chart out a plan, get set on the task, and make your kids responsible adults who know the value of money.

How to encourage your child to ask questions

Human beings are born with an innate need to satisfy their curiosity at all times. We are the only creatures smart enough to wrack our brains about anything and everything happening around us, to the point where it becomes mandatory to find an outlet that can answer all our questions, while simultaneously allowing us to expand our horizons and attain as much information as possible.

Unfortunately, most human beings tend to live in a culture where knowing everything is considered to be an indication of strength while asking questions is generally seen as a sign of weakness. This backwards mentality is prevalent in society, which means that most people don’t end up learning about the basic fundamentals merely because they’re too intimidated to pose a question in the first place.

This can prove to quite a hurdle, especially for a child whose mind is a blank slate that’s just waiting to be scribbled on. Instilling the mentality in these children that asking questions is perfectly fine is the first step that needs to be accomplished in the process of in-taking as much information as possible during these formative years. Here are the best ways through which you can encourage your child to ask questions constantly.

1. First and foremost, questioning should be considered as a perfectly normal thing to do: It’s understandable that most children might perceive the act of questioning to be intimidating mainly due to the negative stigma attached to it. However, this is the most crucial aspect of questioning that needs to be rectified – a child should not feel that asking a question is a sign of weakness. The concept of an “ego” being weakened should not even come into play, in the first place. It’s only after overcoming this seemingly impassable obstacle that a child will be able to expand their horizons by asking the relevant questions. Basically, what we’re trying to say is that questioning should be – and this is putting it very simply – “cool.”

2. An element of playfulness and interactivity can be added to questioning: Gamification is taking over the world by storm, and something so simple as the act of asking questions can also be integrated with this concept as well. This will compel more and more children to ask questions and attain knowledge. There are many ways through which this can be accomplished –incentivising the act and adding certain levels to the questions being asked are both great ways to achieve this goal.

3. Questioning should not be easy: there should be a challenge and reward element to it: The act of asking questions should never be easy. If this is the case, then every Tom, Dick, and Harry will start asking questions left and right without any sensibility. To counter this, these queries should involve a fair bit of effort. Pondering over a problem, connecting the logic threads, and deciding upon a proper conclusion is infinitely more rewarding than a simple Google search.

4. It shouldn’t take any effort to pose a question: Rather, it should be natural: Children shouldn’t push themselves to ask questions. If even a bit of effort is required to ask a question, then something somewhere has gone wrong. Asking questions should become a habit for children since it will allow them to observe situations from an analytical angle and attain quality insights as a result.

Therefore, by following the points mentioned above to a T, you’ll compel your child to develop an inquisitive mindset that will allow them to push the boundaries of their mind and attain a better understanding of the world around them as a result.

Facilitate a productive Parent-Teacher Meeting

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It’s evident that any parent would have a vested interest in knowing about the development of their child at all times. However, when it comes to schooling, there’s a significant gap every weekday during school hours, where the transparency of information related to this development is lacking. This mandates the need to set up a parent-teacher meeting so that the parents can be informed about the performance and progress of the child in his or her respective school.

However, the parent-teacher meeting can be so much more than just that. It’s not just the teacher’s opinion that matters – the input of parents is also vital to ensure that the overall development of the child is at optimal levels. The child’s comfort level, social life, and personal growth are all factors that can be positively affected through a mutually productive parent-teacher meeting.

So, how should one prepare to facilitate a productive parent-teacher meeting?

BEFORE THE MEETING:

  • Keep track of all the developments of the child from the ground-up. Pinpoint any specific issues that you feel need to be addressed, so that you can bring up these points of discussion during the meeting.
  • Talk candidly with your child about his school life. Doing so will allow you to understand their likes and dislikes in the classroom, what they learn about all day, how the teachers interact with them, and any other relevant information.

DURING THE MEETING:

  • If you want to facilitate a productive discussion in the first place, then the first thing to keep in mind is to be punctual. If you’re not willing to respect the teacher’s time, then how will you expect them to do the same?
  • Try and maintain a positive attitude at all times. Being argumentative is okay at times, but keeping the same approach during a parent-teacher meeting is not recommended in the slightest. Make notes, listen attentively, and understand the best way to augment the growth of your child.

AFTER THE MEETING:

  • If you’ve taken notes, then read up on them and reflect on what was told to you at the meeting. Keeping these pointers in mind will help you direct the growth of your child in an effective manner.
  • Talk with your child after the meeting and go over all the points that were covered. Praise them for their strengths and mutually figure out the course of action that can be taken to overcome their weaknesses.

Attending the parent-teacher meeting should be more than just a to-do on your list – it should be a productive meetup that will benefit the student, teacher, and the parent equally.

10 Ways To Raise A Child With A Creative Mind

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As a parent it’s only natural to want your child to reach their full intellectual and creative potential. While doing well in academics will without a doubt give your child a huge advantage all their lives–what’s more important is that they derive lifelong joy from learning, exploration and natural curiosity.

Raising a child with a creative bent of mind can be both challenging and fun for young parents. The first step is to understand that creativity is more skill than inborn talent, and one that you can help your kids develop through the years.

Here’s how you can start:–

  • Find answers together. As your child grows older, they will ask questions that you might not necessarily have the answers to. Rather than guessing the answer, a better response is, “I don’t know” and add, “Let’s find the correct answer.” Then you could do some research with your child in order to find the answer.
  • Teach them how to cook. Cooking, and especially baking, is an incredibly creative process. Once your kids learn the basics–making cookies or frying an omelet–let them experiment. Don’t correct them beforehand unless they are endangering themselves, others or your kitchen. By experimenting and seeing what happens, they will learn a valuable creative process.
  • Encourage them to make mistakes and fail. If your child is afraid of failure and judgment, it will curb their creative thoughts. Tell them about the mistakes you’ve made recently, so they get the idea that it’s okay to mess up. Laughing at yourself when you do is a happiness habit that will take your child a long way.
  • Encourage them to participate in the arts and read for pleasure. Limit their TV and other screen time in order to make room for creative activities like acting out a play, reading fiction, learning to sketch, crafting knick-knacks for the house, designing their own clothes, etc.
  • Provide them with resources that will help in creative expression. You can start off with having a basic inventory of art supplies at home–blank papers, crayons, oil paints, fresh markers, glue sticks, etc.
  • Designate a space for them to use–their study table for crafting/painting or a corner in the family room for their Lego, where they are free to make their creative mess.
  • Provide them with unstructured playtime. Instead of telling your child what activity you want them to do, let them take the lead. Your child needs the “white canvas” time in their day where it’s completely up to them to CREATE the activity they want to do.
  • Take them outside! There’s no greater source of inspiration than the great outdoors. Cut out the computer/TV/video-gaming time, by taking your child to the park, the zoo, or a heritage site on the weekends. Encourage them to use their visit as inspiration for their next project–a short story, drawing, poetry or skit.
  • Don’t correct immediately. Ask why instead. If your child pronounces a word wrong or uses bad manners at a dinner party, don’t immediately correct them. Ask them “why do you think that?” or “why did you do that?” instead. You will teach them how to question things this way, which is important for a creative mind.
  • Get creative yourself! No one understands your child’s personality and interests better than you. So, don’t hold back when encouraging them or gently nudging them towards intellectual and creative pursuits that are best suited for them.

With these fun steps you can raise a child who’s intellectually creative, excited about learning and curious on every level–for the long haul.

Pearson India Wins At The Indian Education Awards 2015

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We’re excited to share some great news with you! Pearson India has won at the Indian Education Awards 2015 for the 2nd consecutive year at the glorious ceremony held at Vivanta by Taj in Delhi on June 10 and 11, 2015.

The awards conferred were in 3 categories, namely, Best Educational Use of Social Media, Best Education Webinar Series, and Best Vocational Training Institute of the Year. The awards were received at an event brimming with the nation’s best minds, intellectuals and entrepreneurs in the education sector.

Known as Asia’s biggest education show, the Indian Education Awards 2015 by Franchise India draw attention to best practices and promote innovation to capture consumer interest, and aid the growth of the Indian Education Sector.

The jury considers standards, ethics and best practices at the top of their agenda. Through positive recognition of those that lead the way, the Indian Education Awards are seen as the education industry’s top accolade. As India’s foremost publisher education segment, we at Pearson India, proud to receive this honour.

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