Funderstanding

Getting Children from being just ‘Markable’ to ‘Remarkable’

Try the empathy lens:


As a teacher team, try out a small exhibition, like a talent show within a small group. Demonstrate and share what you really like and are good at with the audience! Try another scenario of memorizing some poetry and sharing it with the audience.


Observe the difference in the two experiences, between doing and demonstrating something you enjoy, versus sharing what you just memorized.

Step 1
Feel

We experienced...

Even in early years education, the method of evaluation is often primarily an exam and report cards. Children thus learn to focus on being competitive which can take away from their uniqueness as people.

Watch Kiran share the origin of the Funderstanding process.

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Our Insights

  • In young children, a report card has absolutely no bearing on who they are as individuals, and how they learn!
  • Exhibition of student learning is a great way to give confidence to children that what they know & how they want to show it is good enough.
  • This helps parents realise that one size does not fit all; that every child has a unique capability and competency. It is also key that parents observe and appreciate the multiple ways in which children can demonstrate their understanding.

The experiences children get in their early years, shapes a lot of what they understand as learning in the later years!

Step 2
IMAGINE
What if
there was a simple way to help students see the fun in learning; and to help parents see their child as more than just a mark or grade?

We designed

Where parents actually get to see the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of their child’s learning experiences through the term and all the diverse ways of how they learn.

Allows children to feel good rather than just look good! The feedback mechanism during the process helps children to refine continuously so when they actually present, they are feeling confident and ready to improvise.

When a child feels powerful and confident, they are happy to appreciate their peers.

Provides a great opportunity for the teachers to be reflective of their own practice.

It gives parents a sense of pride when they see their child sharing and presenting. This then reaffirms the parents belief in school pedagogy.

Step 3
Do

Here is What we Do

This video helps make visible the process of Funderstanding from ‘intention’ to ‘action’.

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In this video you will understand the prework required for a successful Funderstanding, as well as see what a Funderstanding looks like in action. You will also get a glimpse into reflections with students after the event, and hear parent feedback.

Meet the Stakeholders:

Eduhero Bhavika has been an educator for Key stage 1 at Riverside school (Pre-k to grade 2) for more than a decade. Bhavika’s mission is to nurture curiosity and build confidence in all the students and colleagues around her. Parents describe Bhavika as being “patient, encouraging, loving and caring through the entire academic year.”

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    1) FAQ Video

    Watch Bhavika share important guidelines as well as key tips for planning and implementing a successful Funderstanding.

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    2) Impact Video

    Here Bhavika shares the relevance of Funderstanding, her key insights, and the impact of the process on her as a teacher!

Tips for the Leader

  • Tone setting for parents is very important, both in advance of the event and on the day of the event itself. It is critical that the parents see that Funderstanding is not a trial for their children, but rather an opportunity to celebrate learning.
  • Be a safety net for your children during the entire event, especially when they may feel pressured by teachers or parents.
  • Ensure that your teachers recognise that they need to champion their children even it does not go as per the plan. At no point, should the teacher penalize the child for forgetting or making a mistake during the event. It is important for teachers to understand and go along with the child’s rhythm, and to help them see it as a learning experience.
Step 4
Share

Share with us your experience of how you have used this process in your context, any challenges you might have faced or just inspire us with your story :-)

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