Characteristics Of Effective Learning (COEF) is an evolving field and as practitioners we should embrace this and always add new learning experiences to our environment. However, even as we add to our learning environments we should focus on the fundamentals of effective learning so we know what will be most beneficial to the children in our care.
1. What Is Characteristics Of Effective Learning?
Children learn through exploring, navigating and coming to their own conclusions. Traditional learning is more about what a teacher can impart on a child, whereas effective learning is more of a guided process. Practitioners create an enabling environment that encourages and facilitates learning by adding key elements that ensure this is done. What a child learns is ultimately up to them.
2. Why Is Effective Learning Important In Early Development?
During their early years children are naturally inquisitive, intuitive and self-motivated. Learning and exploring come naturally to them. They want to interact with the world around them and the things they encounter. An effective learning environment encourages these characteristics in children and aids in their development. When given the resources to learn and engage children can develop emotional intelligence and succeed academically and in life in general. They’ll ultimately become critical thinkers, lifelong learners and embrace change, creativity and new ideas. All as a result of their early childhood learning that promoted these qualities.
3. How To Include Effective Learning Techniques In Your Nursery
Before you add elements to your learning environment or incorporate any aspects of effective learning you should understand the key elements and how they work together.
Understand A Child’s Learning Process: Effective learning is all about creating your environment to stimulate and engage children and their inquisitive young minds. So, the first step is to monitor the children and what they find interesting. This way you can plan your learning area and what to include so that it is stimulating to the children in your care. It is only your job to guide and intervene when you feel necessary.
Nursery Resources Observation Sticky Notes are a handy resource to pick up and write down a child’s learning and development as you observe it. You can then add these to their learning journey later.
Add Elements That Encourage Learning: You should always be adding elements that will excite children and give into their inquisitive and creative nature. Once again, monitoring will prove essential when you do add elements. What gave the children the most value? What elements could add value?
Create An Open-Ended Learning Experience: Ask open-ended questions and create open-ended learning experiences as this is what will facilitate growth and development. To stimulate their critical thinking create experiences that allow them to problem solve, to find the right path with an end goal in mind.
Change Areas That Are Underutilised: When the time comes don’t be afraid to improve or change areas of your environment that don’t facilitate open-ended learning, especially areas where you see children become bored or uninterested quickly.
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