Every morning when a kid leaves for school his head is full of doubts, fears and inhibitions. Though his mind is inquisitive and brimming with energy, a heart full of questions and innocence. The early days of schooling can be hard on a kid as it is quite a task for them to get away from parents or family, meet new people, to listen to strangers and learn new things. Consider and compare this to grownups and you may realise the seriousness of the situation; as most adults would have problems coping with these circumstances at any point of time in their lives.
The point of discussion here is the role that homes and schools play in the moulding of a kid, strengthening and shaping him to face the complexities of the life ahead. It is the journey from home to school and vice versa which actually defines how the child imbibes from the atmosphere both these places offer, his surroundings, the events they witness and how they understand the process of learning. Enjoying learning or the keenness to question and show interest is half the job done, but what’s more important is to ensure that the students are kept engaged and eager to keep growing.
Many people simply blame the child for showing lack of interest in studies, low scores or even the inability to understand and analyse certain facts and figures. Some blame it on the atmosphere at home, lack of interest by parents or just declare the child an inept learner. Great teachers understand that it is the working of the learning done at home and also in the school which needs to be synced. If both function in tandem then the child becomes an ardent fan of learning new concepts, asking more questions and opening up to the aspect to inculcating what he/she sees, hears or feels. Bridging this gap between the two contrastingly different yet vividly similar abodes of learning is the most important part of educating a child.
Striking the right balance between values and virtues learnt at home and the academic or factual knowledge taught in schools ensures a sturdy base of learning and also the right approach to learning. What needs to be understood is, that for a child the symbolic differences that a school and their own home offer are relatively huge. But as parents or teachers one needs to be aware of the fact that even though the surroundings change, the process of learning continues without a break. A child needs to feel comfortable yet accepting of the fact that every aspect of his surroundings is an opportunity to grow and absorb from. A child flourishes in all aspects if the beam balance of learning is balanced using weight masses of good parenting and effective teaching.
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Students are eager and active when it comes to learning and imbibing, this may be from individuals, surroundings or events. Their thirst for knowledge and the drive to grow makes them work relentlessly to inspect and inquire. Teachers play a pivotal role in giving direction and guiding the way to a more informed and clearer approach to their future. Without saying a lot, teachers and their tools of education leave everlasting impressions on how their students think and work.
Good teaching is the right mix of thought provoking ideas, values, productive knowledge and the atmosphere to prosper. Teachers depend on classrooms, their sanctuaries of learning, to allow students to feel comfortable yet compelled to inculcate, safe yet prone to struggle with knowledge. The greatest teachers have been those who have not only possessed great knowledge but also the right medium and method of imparting that knowledge. Children need to be provided the environment which challenges them with ample pressure, high expectations and even higher motivation.
A pleasant and relaxing, clean and well organized classroom environment promotes positivity and a more clear-headed approach to the process of learning. Classrooms are where students can laugh and learn, question and imbibe; whereas teachers can establish routines and set ground rules, preach and lead. Students and teachers collaborate to accomplish tasks, although the students should have the freedom to express themselves, it is absolutely imperative for them to understand that the teacher is the figure of authority in a classroom at all times. Handling the responsibility of having authority over his/her students is a tough task and not something that comes naturally, the greatest educators have given their students freedom and confidence to spread their wings and fly to newer horizons; inquisitive and firm, steadfast and curious.
Like the safety and security of their homes, concern and compassion of their parents; classrooms ought to make students feel in their own comfort zone and the words of their teachers as pearls of wisdom aimed to get the best out of them. Whilst pushing the boundaries of learning, classrooms do not limit the brimming minds of student to just the confines of the four walls, practised theories and existing ideals.
A classroom is where the mind is moulded and basked in the rays of knowledge, a place where the mind is open and eager but constricted and directed within the boundaries of growth and learning. Here the educator is the leader, the mentor, the guardian of the impressionable yet fully potential minds. Minds which are safe guarded and protected till they blossom and are ready to take on the world with their varied academic and creative skills and treasured values to lead a happy and prosperous life.
“A ship in harbour is safe – but that is not what ships are for.”
– John A. Shedd