Parents see the school as a place where children should learn to grow up as geniuses with minimal participation. The students themselves are overloaded with a lot of homework and additional classes, dreaming of holidays and the opportunity to grow up as soon as possible to get rid of pressure. To bring the country’s educational level to a leading position in the world ranking, the government is taking serious measures, equipping classrooms, developing inclusive and additional education, and increasing the volume of curricula. The formation of a knowledge base begins in primary school, so it is necessary to create the most favorable conditions for the education and development of children. This essay describes primary school students in the United States, aged from 5 to 11 years.
The current training system has mainly a lecture format, although applying the acquired skills in practice is an important part. An ideal school can arouse interest in learning from every student. Classes are held in an interactive format, where there is no place for a lecturer. The teacher acts as a moderator of group discussions, where students share their opinions, and knowledge and actively participate in the lesson’s topic. Children’s fascination with gadgets is used for educational purposes by creating unique educational platforms, digital textbooks, and tasks. Schools are gradually being equipped with projectors, computers, interactive whiteboards, robotics classes, laboratories with 3D printers, and other technical means are arranged. Much attention is paid to the content of lessons, teaching methods, the development of distance and inclusive education.
When it comes to teaching a child, parents always pay attention to the person who will teach them. The methods of teaching children are just as successful as for adults (Andragogy and pedagogy). The desire to involve children in the process of learning and obtaining new knowledge directly depends on the teacher (Hellmich et al., 2019). In an ideal school, the teacher’s desire to develop their competencies is encouraged by the management. They get the necessary resources, and can turn to colleagues for advice and support. To expand the horizons of the teaching staff, various seminars, conferences, briefings are regularly organized, at which participants exchange experience.
A school that will demonstrate an ideal educational system will strive to ensure that children are not aimed at a place in the ranking due to grades but at gaining knowledge. Holte (2016) states that homework plays a significant role in children’s development. Naturally, this is a very important and integral aspect of learning. Homework for each subject should be calculated for 45 minutes and checked not selectively but for each student. In addition, in order to involve children in the educational process, there should be a sufficient number of creative tasks. Moreover, empirical knowledge will help to diversify the learning system for children. Regular trips to the fresh air outside the city will give children the opportunity to study the world around them with the help of perception organs. This approach will make learning engaging, informative, and unusual.
Currently, during the pandemic, it is necessary to take measures to protect students from coronavirus infection. The school will develop an online learning program that is identical to regular lessons at school but which will not allow children to be in a group indoors. Levinson et al. (2020) claim that distance learning is not effective enough, but this is not true, since it is very important how the teacher builds the lesson and then controls the homework. In addition to theoretical material, children also need to study particular objects of the surrounding world and create something creative with their own hands. Then these projects are discussed, the children are given grades. There is a deadline for each task so that children learn to do everything on time and be responsible.
For such a model of ideal learning to work, it is necessary to have highly qualified teachers, well-equipped classrooms with multimedia facilities, constant updates of school repairs, and maintenance of various internal systems. The purchase of sports equipment, high-quality food, textbooks, and equipment of the school library requires significant financial costs. Therefore, this school will be private with periodic payments for children’s education. Naturally, the price should not be too high, but it should be sufficient to ensure that children are provided with the best equipment and the most excellent teaching staff.
A school is a place where children can communicate, create interest groups, find friends and learn to live in society. Teachers should promote the development of students regarding interpersonal communication and allow them to share more and get to know each other. To do this, it is necessary to compose tasks to enable students to gain new knowledge and work in groups through communication. This will have a positive impact on learning and teach children to be a single team, be leaders, and be able to work in a group.
In conclusion, primary school is an important stage in the life of every child. In primary school, children begin to learn more consciously to communicate with each other, gain knowledge, and be interested in specific subjects. The task of teachers at this stage is the ability to work with interested students, that is, not to spoil their desire to acquire new knowledge. To do this, it is necessary to apply various technological achievements and all the possibilities of the modern world in order for current students to be interested in taking part in interactive learning.
Andragogy and pedagogy.
Hellmich, F., Loper, M., & Gorel, G. (2019). The role of primary school teachers’ attitudes and self-efficacy beliefs for everyday practices in inclusive classrooms – a study on the verification of the ‘Theory of Planned Behaviour’. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 19(1), 36-48.
Holte, K. (2016). Homework in primary school: Could it be made more child–friendly? Studia Paedagogica, 21(4), 13-33.
Levinson, M., Cevik, M., & Lipsitch, M. (2020). Reopening primary schools during the pandemic. The New England Journal of Medicine, 383(10), 981-985. Web.