Anjalika Sharma – Principal IB PYP
Our understanding of the learner is the foundation of our approach to learning and teaching. Children inquire, question and draw conclusions about themselves, others and the world around them. They are keen observers and explorers. Through their experiences and interactions, they naturally develop and share perceptions and understandings.
We, as important stakeholders, must create a learning environment and a range of experiences that are both adaptable and appropriate to young students, which helps them understand the important influence of their contexts and thus establish their identity of ‘who they are’!
Play has a crucial role in the life of young learners, as it provides opportunities to inquire into important concepts and personal interests. Through play, students actively construct meaning, models, revisit and revise ideas and further learn. Thus, they begin to understand how the world works. We educators must interact with students while observing, monitoring and documenting their learning.
Students should be encouraged to take initiative, express themselves, make choices and set their learning goals. They should be encouraged to actively engage, monitor and adjust their learning as needed. I firmly believe that schools should create a collaborative educational environment, which allows students to be critical thinkers and solutionaries, who are caring and responsible global citizens!