Written by Amit Kapoor
Schools in India have been closed for almost two years, beginning in March 2020, a measure taken to prevent the epidemic. According to UNESCO, school closures in India have hampered education, well-being and health in the world for the longest time! In addition to the other results the school encountered, students have lost nearly two years of critical basic education. There is an undeniable need to prioritize special attention in equipping schools to address learning gaps caused by lockdown restrictions.
Many schools have expressed concern about the possibility of increasing academic inequality among students due to lack of support and resources.
According to a survey by Eupheus by ClassKlap, which included primary school teachers in about 100 schools across the country, 95% of teachers reported that students were not interested in focusing on online learning, which sometimes led to students becoming restless and teaching. Reluctant to focus on ideas. As a result, a gap in reading and writing skills, as well as the ability to remember previously learned subjects was observed by teachers when students were unable to acquire and connect new ideas.
Among the various other consequences of the closure, obviously an important area that was affected was the students’ lack of understanding of previous concepts, which inevitably affected the current understanding. If this is not solved properly and systematically, it will be impossible to break this cycle and all efforts to complete the syllabus alone will be in vain.
The need of the hour is to create a customized curriculum, identify the right curriculum, make changes to teaching methods, and create appropriate assessments to measure progress. Schools and school leaders must consider what needs to be taught and what can be withheld, what is important and what is not, how material can be reused and how it can be remedied. Most importantly, build a bridge to recover from learning loss.
With over a decade of experience working with 5000+ schools, ClassKlap has identified a 5-step approach that will help tag high-priority topics for each Nursery student through Grade 5. The following are some strategies that schools can use to help their students overcome learning disabilities.
Develop An intervention plan: According to NEP 2020, there is a need to focus on the basic need for information for each subject to promote overall education. When considering a bridge program / course, which should be a very careful approach, schools must develop a curriculum intervention plan that includes a selection of highly critical topics. This ensures that students gain deep understanding and are not overwhelmed.
Define Areas of focus: Students’ basic skills in English and mathematics serve as the framework for future learning; Lack of control over these abilities will have a detrimental effect on students’ conceptual understanding in all disciplines. This initiative will help align with the FLN skills goals for each child recommended by NEP 2020. This enables schools to set learning outcomes and prioritize math as well as vocabulary and basic word-syntax in English.
Design A framework: 2 years of learning gap will need to be addressed and therefore designing a time frame of at least 30 days with clear visibility of schedule and teaching times helps teachers make the most of their teaching time.
Direct Implementation: A well-planned bridge will always ensure that the desired results are achieved. Focus on the implementation plan:
- Provide a direction to teachers with relevant training.
- Provide adequate teaching materials to teachers.
- Provide helpful materials like work books to students.
- Connecting stakeholders (such as principals, teachers, students and parents) through a digital platform to ensure access to educational support, assessment and seamless communication for all, leading to better learning outcomes.
Wise Levels of learning: With the biggest loss of learning we’ve seen, it’s important to move on to quotes from NEP 2020 – assessment for learning and learning, greater flexibility, multiple methods of assessment, and more. So learning is an essential element of the evaluation bridge; This is a process that will help teachers quickly reconfigure. Short exit slips that allow for reflection activity, online testing, etc., then a parent-teacher meeting or coffee with parents, can help keep the focus on learning outcomes.
(The author is an education professional with 25 years of experience in the education industry. He is currently the Director of Academic Excellence at ClassKlap. You can contact him at [email protected] .)