The best scientific minds in the world is probably that of children – their imagination vibrant & their heart open with innocence. If you want to witness a natural display of a sense of wonder, just observe a child. Curious by nature, you can’t keep children from exploring as they try to comprehend their environment. Everything is a wonder.
The challenge we face while teaching children is tapping into this innate curiosity of theirs, more so while assessing them with boring question papers!
However, the Yantra/Robotics volunteering team has managed to convert this curiosity into motivation by building an innovative question paper and seeing the assessment last month was a real eye-opener for me. The child in me was reborn, filled with curiosity again. I too wanted to be a part of this class & learn more.
The paper was so creative and entertaining that for most of the children, it was another fun activity without even realising that they were being assessed! It was simple yet powerful – for we could see some students think about their own robots and work on facts and assumptions on how the answer they got could be right. It just proved that fun & education are not mutually exclusive!
Assessments are a vital component in our efforts to improve education. But as long as we use them only as a means to rank students, we will miss its most powerful benefits. We must focus on aligning our assessments with children’s natural curiosity.
If you want to get children interested in learning, don’t start with how you can teach them differently, rather start with how you can assess them differently!
Contributor: Satheesh Ravi, Changedriver
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.