Teaching is not only about textbooks. It’s not only about science, math, history, geography and so on. Kids need also to learn how to deal with things, people, and situations in their lives. There are so many innovative teaching techniques from around the world that I personally view as very smart and very effective especially for kids as young as kindergarten.
There is a well known quote that says “learning young is like engraving on stone”. When innovative learning methods are implemented in schools starting from kindergarten, not only students learn quickly, because kids at a younger age learn faster, but also the information will stick in their mind forever.
It’s also very important to teach kids morals, principles, values, ethics, and respect for all at a very young age. These are their true wealth for their future. When we have a generation that is characterized by decent personal traits, the whole nation will rise.
Innovative Teaching Techniques From Around the World
There are so many innovative teaching techniques from around the world however, I picked five as examples and not because they are the only best methods. The videos vary in length but each one is with a purpose.
Each method teaches something new. Whether it’s school related i.e. how to learn certain subjects effectively, or life-related i.e. how to deal with things, people, and situations in smart & decent ways.
Video #1 – Develop Creativity in Kids in Japanese Schools
In this video, Japanese schools teach kids how mixing some colors will create a new color. A way to teach them creative thinking.
In Japan, students won’t take exams before grade four because teaching them manners and developing their characters come before knowledge. They also teach them to respect their culture and traditions.
Another interesting fact is that Japanese school year starts on April 1 unlike schools around the world. Watch the video to learn why.
Video #2 – Private Schools Don’t Exist in Finland
In this video, kids in elementary grade go to school 20 hours a week. Students in all levels spend less than half an hour a day doing homework at home. Very few students speak two languages. Most of them speak three or more languages.
Where arts, poetry, and music removed from the education system in many schools around the world, they are an important component of the Finnish education system.
There is no best school in Finland. They are all equal and that’s why there are no standardized tests in these schools. It’s also illegal to charge tuition and that’s why there are no private schools in Finland.
Video #3 – Digital Learning In Singaporean Schools
In this video, you will learn why teachers need to be savvy in technology. Schools in Singapore emphasize the use of technology, digital media, and the integration of the 21st century skills.
Teachers are no more the monopoly of knowledge because students can get knowledge from a myriad of resources. The role of the teacher in Singaporean schools is only facilitation.
You will see in this video how students ask the teachers questions using their smart phones in class. They use twitter and facebook while learning in class. Very interesting. Watch the video for more.
Video #4 – School With No Walls in Denmark
In this video, one of the schools in Denmark has no walls and no classrooms. They follow the open learning environment method and they use ICT in teaching.
The students use only electronic teaching materials and the teacher monitor’s each student’s progress from the computer.
The open learning environment method is definitely unique to me. Controlling the noise by working and communicating over the internet and challenging traditional teaching methods is also unique to me.
Watch the video to see the unique architecture and design of the teaching environment in this school in Denmark.
Video #5 – Lunch Time in Japan
In this video, the school teaches kids how to behave during lunch time and any meal time. They also teach them to eat healthy food and not to waste food. Lessons also include hygiene, order, teamwork, recycling, clean after themselves, respect for the people who serve them food and respect for their classmates as well.
The nice part here as well is that students harvested the potatoes used by the school chefs in preparing their meals. This method teaches students that ‘you reap what you harvest’. They also teach them to plan now for the next harvest.
The kids eat with their teachers in their classrooms which teaches them that people are equal and should be respected.
Watch the video here.
New methods of teaching are constantly evolving to align with the rapidly changing demands and technological advancement. The traditonal ways of teaching are disappearing. The concept of teaching just for the purpose of passing knowledge is also fading away.
As education is one of the main pillars for any country’s national vision, many innovative teaching techniques from around the world continue to emerge. The future education system will no way resemble the old traditional one.
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