Holistic learning is a comprehensive instructional approach in which teachers seek to address students’ emotional, social, ethical, and academic needs in a coherent learning format. Value is placed on a positive climate in the schools and on the school and extracurricular care of the pupils. Students are taught to think about their actions and how they affect their community – globally and locally – and how they can learn from the community around them.
Teachers often assign students tasks that apply critical thinking skills to solving real-world problems.
History of holistic learning?
Holistic learning is a new movement that emerged in the 1980s to counter what was perceived as a mechanistic structure of learning. However, the theory of education based on a person’s entire experience is believed to be rooted in ancient concepts, including those of Greek and native indigenous cultures, and has gained prominence over the last century. In the 20th century there were various approaches based on whole person education.
Methods of holistic learning:
The goal of holistic learning is to cultivate the physical, emotional, moral, psychological, and spiritual qualities of a developing child. It offers opportunities tailored to a child’s abilities and feelings. Classes are held in a safe, supportive environment that allows students to identify their individual strengths. While holistic learning is guided by a philosophy, teachers can employ a range of methods and strategies to create a holistic learning culture.
Methods such as experiential learning, where students are given hands-on educational experiences, or self-paced learning, where teachers allow students to learn at their own pace, and any method that the child is comfortable with allows students to do so, not just academically to grow, but is also able to face challenges in the outside world
Schools serve as focal points for community participation, social, developmental, and academic activities.
How does teacher participation help in holistic learning?
Healthy student-teacher relationships
When teachers are able to form strong bonds with students, their classroom performance and engagement is positive. Students are more likely to succeed when they feel secure in a learning environment. Teachers should foster strong relationships by being responsive to students’ strengths and needs and being culturally sensitive. Students should have the opportunity to help shape class rules and take on leadership roles. This promotes trust and communication between students and increases their motivation to perform well.
Promotion of self-confidence
Students need to feel like they belong to the school and have the potential to achieve something. Teachers can help build confidence by providing students with different ways to learn and communicate what they understand. Teachers should be able to recognize students’ unique strengths and treat all students equally. Student motivation can be increased by ensuring that lessons are relevant and realistic to students’ lives.
Incorporating emotional reflection
Sometimes it’s not always easy for a teacher to look beyond academic achievement to support a child’s mental and emotional well-being. To encourage emotional understanding in everyday life, teachers should allow students some time to reflect, reflect, or meditate. Effective listening and observation skills can be the subject of lessons promoting empathy.
What are the benefits of holistic learning?
Holistic learning is based on a philosophy that brings a range of benefits to students, teachers, schools and communities. Students will be empowered to enhance their academic prospects and acquire the life skills needed to succeed in their careers.
Here are 3 benefits of holistic learning:
- Improved Academic Performance: Holistic education can improve the academic performance of students, regardless of their background, by addressing each student’s learning style and providing a supportive educational environment. A student’s brain capacity is increased when they feel physically and emotionally secure and have a good connection to the teacher.
- Better Mental and Emotional Well-being: In a safe and supportive environment that emphasizes social and emotional learning along with academics, students have the opportunity to gain qualities of self-awareness, confidence and a sense of responsibility.
- Developing Problem-Solving Skills: Tasked with solving real-world problems that exist around them, students develop strong critical thinking skills. These hands-on experiences provide students with the necessary skills they will need in their careers, such as: B. how to collect information, analyze it, communicate effectively and how to collaborate and collaborate with others.
Children not only need academic instruction, they need a system that helps them to understand emotions, relationships and psychological stress as well as to develop resilience and team spirit. Holistic learning boosts a student’s morale so that they can succeed in their careers while becoming an upstanding citizen of society that contributes to the growth and development of the country.
The holistic development of the students is therefore crucial right from the start of their studies.
The views expressed above are the author’s own.
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