Take a look at your hand. All your fingers are differently shaped and sized. Similarly, no two children have the same approach to learning a subject. If you look back at the traditional learning that has been followed all across India, the resultant is not that satisfactory. The issue lies in the format of following a universal curriculum that applies to all but not necessarily comprehendible to every child.
However, things are changing and so is the concept of following a hardcore, traditional follow-up of the curriculum. Schools are adopting customized curriculums that are based on the student’s abilities to understand and grasp them.
Here are a few aspects stating how the customized curriculum for school improves students learning.
1. Personalized Instruction
As a teacher when you use a customized curriculum, you are using a syllabus and a teaching approach that sits fit with the students. Where different students have diverse levels of understanding, a personalized approach in teaching methodology can give that space to grasp the topics or subjects in a better way. You can experiment with various teaching methods while offering the best chance for all the students to succeed.
2. Student Engagement
Most people mistake learning and gaining knowledge with memorizing topics. However, you cannot force a student to memorize sums and divisions the same way as one learns tables. Students should have fun while learning things.
If you see the present-day math labs for schools, you will find how engaging today’s mathematics teachings are. Some of the methods may include:
• Use of various eye-catchy images to count numbers
• Use of colouring images for subtraction
• Use of actions to teach nursery rhymes
• Storytelling to explain mathematics (old man and the bundle of sticks)
• Puzzles to enhance the decision-making ability
3. Learning with Individual Pace
Each child has a unique way of learning things. However, when they are taught the same things in the class and teachers only have the same approach of explaining topics; most children are bound to stay behind than the rest. This not only diminishes the learning ability, they gradually lose interest and become slow learners.
To tackle this, customized curriculums focus more on the pace of students learning and less on deadlines to complete the chapters or topics. This personalized method allows teachers to plan the class in the most interesting, interactive, and easiest ways so that even the slow grasping students can learn things quickly while having fun.
4. Student Interaction
Student engagement is not enough to impart the best learning experience. When students are allowed to be a part of the learning zone, they get encouragement to be an active participant.
For example, a district school in New York encouraged students to learn the basics and explain the same in their own methods. This not only instilled confidence in the students to fare better but also gave them a sense of being an important part of the learning circle.
After following this same personalized learning program for 4 years, the growth percentage of students jumped at 65% from 44%. In fact, for mathematics, the number jumped to 67%.
Most of the time schools are focused on meeting the pre-set mandates. However, it is leaving students not reaching their full potential. The customized curriculum ensures that students are offered the best teaching methods that not only give them the deserved education but also help them succeed.