It takes more than standardized assessments to develop children into lifelong learners, leaders and citizens. There are many pieces to the puzzle. But three important pieces that we feel are important is education, social emotional and child development.
Children need time to be a kid. They are naturally curious and we should embrace that to harvest a love of lifelong learning. Our role is to create a balance in the classroom where students have opportunities to explore – yet learn the designated curriculum.
Our job, as educators, is to also instill in students a growth mindset, an understanding of their emotions and problem solving skills. It is essential that students understand that there is more to their learning than studying and memorizing facts. Yes, that is a huge key to success – but collaboration, a growth mindset and problem solving skills push them to the next level.
Utilizing what we know about the development of children is often overlooked. However, that information better informs our practice and gives us a better understanding of why children are the way they are.