Learning is a continuous process, regardless of age or longevity in the position.
As an academic leader, you have a vision, you know what you need to articulate, you are aware of the process of the education to the core, you’re experienced, you have the expertise, you have known the system long enough.
But what is it that we, as educationalists are not doing? We have a question here, & we’re in the process of finding answers to it. Let’s figure out the ‘why’, ‘how’ & ‘what’ of the situation together.
We know ‘what’ is happening. We know that something out there is not right in our education system, it’s the basic instinct that we all have, we can feel it. We know that technology has brought about a terrific change in our system and it is continuing to do the same with an everyday update of the already existing versions. We are aware of the inclination of today’s generation towards social media, electronic gadgets, indoor PlayStation games, lack of social interactions in person and a lot of indirect parasites that have entered the education system. Now we know the ‘what is happening’ of the situation.
Let’s move to the next question- ‘why is this happening’ of the situation.
Why have reading out of textbooks ran over by reading out from the tablets and iPads?
Why are children instead of imagining the story characters told in the classrooms, find it better to watch a video about it and get a whole idea about the story? We see a serious problem in there, don’t we?
The prime motive of this article in the very first place is to answer the question of ‘how’ can we change the situation?
Do you remember the last time, the children of your school, did not make a project out of the printed material that is easily available on the Internet?
Do you remember, when was the last time your students read something from the textbooks and found answers by putting in their own brain instead of depending on the Google baba?
The problem is, we have given our children hands-on with the technology so much, that they find it easier to take a printout of an image rather than drawing it themselves.
Let me answer the ‘how to change it (no. 1)’.
Audio-Visual display of knowledge is good for the sensory-motor activity of children but the real issue is the ‘overuse of technology’. Children are not given enough space for imagination. Overuse of anything is not right, right?
As a leader, you’re in a position where you can easily monitor the use of technology in the classrooms.
Let us not depend on smart classes on a whole to explain everything, but find an innovative rather explicit way of putting your point forward.
By designing a curriculum that uses more imagination & more creativity through textbook reading than depending on the online resources completely.
‘How to change it (no. 2)’- by telling stories!
Stories have a magnificent ability to communicate your ideas, values and moral that you want to build in your children. The real gift you can give to your students are the best stories.
Rules are understood and communicated in the best possible way through stories.
Let us discuss few ways you can make short stories and put your point forward:
Think about ‘values’ you have, create a short story around them, by talking about ‘values’ as an example.
Start using the phrase “ for example” more often, and boom! A short story is ready to solve its purpose. (we’re quick thinkers because we have experience)
Storytelling can be someone’s cup of tea, but some might find it difficult.
For them, we have ‘facts’. If you can’t tell stories, collect interesting factoids. Factoids have the same effect if the story is told well. The catch here is the purpose, the purpose to communicate, to bring out the best.
Motivation is important. You can bring a change if you’re motivated. No one loves a leader, for he is a leader, people love him for what he does!
It’s time to think out of the box and perform.
Because until an idea is politically acceptable, socially desirable, technologically feasible, financially viable, administratively doable, the idea will not work.
Being more optimistic, more available, more honest, more loyal, more committed is what is going to make your idea work.
A leader can be born or made, but leadership is an art, and art comes by practice.
By changing the curriculum, by monitoring the technological use, and promoting more innovative ideas, it would act as a stepping stone for what we want to bring, i.e. a ‘change’.