5 Teaching and Learning Practices That Should Be Used Everywhere
The American educational system is neither as good nor horrible as some people believe. The truth, to be honest, seems to be at the center. We accomplish several things well, yet we fall short on others. I know the terrain better than others because I have researched and written about education policy and change since 2005.
To get back on course and achieve our goal of developing a system in which every kid has access to a high-quality education, we must address our shortcomings while celebrating our achievements. To build on the latter, American teachers and administrators have developed several practices and methods that are having a beneficial impact, in part because they have the potential to establish an equal system and improve student performance. This article will discuss five educational methods and processes that should be used more widely.
Mindfulness. It is a series of tactics that have been utilized for millennia to assist individuals in being “present” and in the moment rather than concentrating on distractions and tensions. Mindfulness is achieved through relaxing the mind and increasing awareness of your emotions, thoughts, and body. Staying “present” can help you focus better, enhance your socio-emotional intelligence, and improve physical well-being. According to research, bringing mindfulness practices and strategies into the classroom has many educational and learning benefits. Learners and instructors become calmer, more at ease, and more in control of their mind, body, and spirit, allowing them to succeed better in the classroom.
Restorative Justice. It involves rehabilitating criminals through forgiveness with victims and society, which can help keep children in school and out of the criminal justice system. However, this does not have to occur only in classrooms all of the time. Community outreach initiatives that engage adolescents and teach them conflict resolution methods might help these students achieve a better overall outcome. Many of these community outreach initiatives have had a significant influence on their participants, assisting them in breaking the cycle of poverty, violence, and incarceration that has afflicted their families for decades.
Universal Preschool. It is a school that is open to everyone. A movement in the United States aims to make preschool accessible to all children, irrespective of their abilities or family’s financial situation. The universal preschool train gained a lot of traction during Obama’s presidency, but it has lost a lot of speed since he left office. HeadStart provides great preschool education to millions of low-income children, but the curriculum is far from flawless. Millions of children miss out on the potential and promise of a great early childhood education because their parent’s income exceeds the required level to qualify for Head Start. That would change if universal preschool were implemented.
Credit Recovery. Allows students to repeat classes they failed in-person online, allowing them to stay on pace for graduation. Credit recovery through the internet was first launched around a decade ago and has since grown into a thriving industry. Credit recovery is beneficial to graduation rates, but is it also beneficial to college and job preparation? Is it beneficial for students to use? Here is some good news to brighten your day: Competency-based credit recovery programs are effective because they require learners to demonstrate mastery of a topic to progress. These programs, which emphasize mastery over completion, show that online credit recovery is moving in the right direction.
Unit Recovery. Unit recovery is similar to credit recovery in that it allows students to relearn only the units or skills that they need to progress. For example, in an English lesson, a student who has proven mastery of 6 out of 10 ideas does not need to redo the full course; instead, he may concentrate on the four topics not acquired in person.
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