Learning beyond…learning Always…


Shimmi Sharma
Sunbeam School Lahartara, Varanasi

As educators, it’s our responsibility to look after the learning needs of the students and make it a point that learning cannot be bound within the four walls of a classroom. Let the students explore, expand and experiment with their own learning style.

Academic Learning is an indicator that combined academic identification (which refers to getting along with teachers, having an interest in the subject matter, and related behaviours and attitudes) and academic participation (which captures the student’s work effort both inside and outside of school, including hours spent outside the school. In education it is important to observe the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education.

Learning through traveling…

Summer vacations provide students with a wide spectrum of learning experience when they step out of their school boundaries and travel. Travelling helps the students to know vivid cultures, explore the unknown and to see the unseen. Travelling also widens their view, it makes them modest. Travelling enhances their knowledge and its wide source for generating new ideas. It makes the students smart and self-reliant. By travelling, one can gather wisdom and experience which can be shared time and again and it also enlighten others. We get to know what the gifts of Mother Nature are. We get to see the demographic division of our beautiful world like soils, forests, flora and fauna, architecture, sculptures, monuments, scenery, climate, environment, history, music, art, technology, languages and much more while travelling.

Nature as a teacher…

When the students step out in the natural surroundings, the bliss of the natural surrounding is enormous. It readily reminds one of the famous quote of William Wordsworth, “Come Forth into Light of the Things, Let Nature be Your Teacher….”

When the students learn in the premises of natural environments, they are inspired to build learning ambience which is build up on the framework of experience and innovation. Naturalized outdoor learning environments stimulate the diversity of children’s play experience and contribute to their healthy development. Best practice design incorporates trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, grasses, edible fruits and vegetables—to connect children with nature and diversify their outdoor experience. Today’s children and families often have limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment. In this modern era, the family life has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Children spend more time viewing television and playing video games on computers than they do being physically active outside. The benefits of connecting to nature is that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. These connection with the nature will definitely show positive impacts on the students. It helps the students to grow their dimensions intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. It also supports creativity, problem solving and enhances cognitive abilities.

Tripping social values through trips…

Leaving the classroom for a field trip places the students in a different social environment. They encounter a new set of adults and possibly other children during the course of the average field trip. These interactions teach them how to behave in different settings. They employ more self-control because it is a less contained environment than the classroom. It fosters a sense of teamwork and community among the students as they experience a field trip together. When the students travel from one end to other, they meet different people of different culture and of different perspective towards life, during these kinds of trips they interact with diverse sectors of the society which ultimately makes them to learn social values of life. It is found that the students who travel a lot they are well versed with the position of states rather than those who observe these states on the flat surface of MAP hanging on the wall of their classroom. They learn the demographic division of the country more easily than the classroom learners.

Episodic memories…eduventure…

When the students learn out of their experience, they tend to retain the facts and figures for a longer time span. Students follow a set pattern of learning style in the classrooms which gets monotonous and ineffective as time goes on. These adventure camps provide the essential break that every student desires. Sometimes teaching the same academic concepts in different ways and in a different environment helps the kids understand them better. The kind of encouragement and nurture the students receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when we give something another try. Kids get a chance to explore areas and fields that might not be available in their schools, this not only helps them get enriched with new things but also help them gain self-confidence. Adventure camps give students a chance to polish their existing skills or add new skills in their learning capacity. We can’t expect our students to learn throughout the year, non-stop. Such adventure breaks in between help them rejuvenate and bring in the same amount of energy to their canvas of learning process. Such breaks are vital for improving efficiency and gain focus in everyday activities.

Kaliedoscopic learning spectrum…from reel to real life experience

Motivation is one of the most important factors in determining successful second-language acquisition. Films and TV shows are an integral part of students’ lives so it makes perfect sense to bring them into the language classroom. Film, as a motivator, also makes the language learning process more entertaining and enjoyable. The visual aids of film make it an invaluable language teaching tool, enabling learners to understand more by interpreting the language in a full visual context. Film assists the learners’ comprehension by enabling them to listen to language exchanges and see such visual supports as facial expressions and gestures simultaneously. These visual clues support the verbal message and provide a focus of attention. Film exposes students to natural expressions and the natural flow of speech. Watching films give them a varied exposure to complexity of life problems and solutions through the lives of the protagonists. There is purgation and purification of emotions which leads to cleansing of ones thoughts and mind thus leading to renewal and restoration of their energy level.

Versatile spectrum of learning

When the students are exposed to these varied real life situations they retain the information that they receive. Students learn the difficult and complex lessons of life when they have hands on experience. As an educator of this fast learning students, we have to manage with their pace of learning which will come through the wide spectrum of knowledge provided to them. It’s our responsibility to look after the learning needs of the students and make it a point that learning cannot be bound within the four walls of a classroom. Let the students explore, expand and experiment with their own learning style.

Shimmi Sharma, with her ambitious aim, inspires young minds about love of learning and helps them become free thinkers. She currently teaches English at Sunbeam School Lahartara Varanasi. Academically, She is an MA in English, Education and Psychology; holds Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education; Bachelor in Education and Certificate in teaching Functional English. She is a die-hard literature fan with special tint of writing.