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All you need to know about the term ‘Practical Learning’

17 May | Source: : Oswaal Books Editorial Board

Teaching maybe construed as one of the easiest tasks but the fact remains that it requires a lot of hard work, constant upgrading, patience and a lot of other qualities. If this was not enough, now the term practical learning has been brought into limelight in the world of teaching.

Educationists have taken out their own meanings when advertising the schools as ‘best in practical learning’. But it is important to know the actual meaning of the phrase and the benefits of introducing the same as a method of teaching in the schools.

The realization of importance of practical learning is accepted widely, however the execution and understanding of the same seem to be varied and broken too in certain forms, at times. ’’Practical learning’’ basically be defined as learning with the use of practical objects in front of the students.  This cannot be deemed wrong but what is most important of all is ‘how can these objects be used’ which will ensure real learning. The difference lies in using certain tools to achieve certain output versus fashioning a skill using those tools that would ensure education. The aptitude to create that experience and methodology is somewhere the real power of transformation lies and not in the objects.

There are varied methods of involving practical learning in different subjects taught at school. For example using repeated addition instead of making students learn multiplications has been noticed as one of the most effective ways of learning multiplication. Moreover, organizing field trips to places that can offer working knowledge of theories taught in class can push kids towards a deeper and meaningful learning and take them away from cramming up lessons with no use later in life.

The real purpose of education can only be addressed when students can take this school learning forward and apply the same practically in the later years of life. With the introduction of practical learning, the creativity towards studies in enhanced for the teachers as well as for the students. The brain has two parts to it one being the logical side and the other being the creative side. Al the early education stage, it is imperative that both the side are activated and repeatedly brought to use. This is why equal weightage is given to all the subjects during primary education. With practical learning, the creative side of the brain is equally working for the child that opens up a lot more prospects to be pursued in the future.

Even though we know how crucial is the establishment of basic ‘what and whys’ of a topic and how neglected it remains throughout the learning phase that takes over years. Learning with the help of activities ensures that the gap is bridged and sealed to the core and no loops are left behind in the process. This also safeguards the future prospects of students. 

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