Description of the methodology
The individual approach is carefully monitoring the needs of each child and offering educational content and process according to them.
It also includes careful monitoring of the child’s behavior and, if necessary, assistance, cooperation or correction. Both processes need to be carried out with dedication and love for children.
The individual approach includes working with children .
It represents the following processes:
- Attitude towards the child and the educational process
- Motivation work
- Continuous development of the child’s skills and abilities through encouragement and practice
To use individual approach in the education and upbringing of children , is something that is already mandatory in modern pedagogy. Today’s children are different.
They are highly visual, with kinesthetics of continuous movement. They love communication in a digital environment and this through social media, they like direct contact and are easy to navigate if the tasks are interactive and require creativity and search.
That is why every professional who deals with children needs to know the specifics of their thinking, to be able to entice them through their interests.
The basis of an individual approach is the attention paid to a child , during his training and rearing.
- direct observation
- promoting and working on personal motivation
- discovering strengths and developing them
- finding gaps and weaknesses and working on them
- the game as part of the individual approach
This is the task of every educator – to be careful and alert during all day to notice changes in the child’s mood, changes in behavior or minor details.
In the individual approach, the teacher notes whether the child is:
- set for a subject or game
- what are his current needs
- what’s his mood
All this helps both parties to more successfully solve cases and fine-tune the child to the learning process.
Encourage and work for personal motivation
Here the words, the attitude, the attention given to a child play an important role. Every teacher strongly influences the child’s personality. One of his words, smile, gesture can awaken unsuspected forces in the child to deal with a serious challenge or situation.
Motivation is a complex and long process . It often takes time, perseverance, effort, both on the part of the teacher and the children.
The individual approach is unthinkable without encouragement and motivation , either through words or actions.
Discovering a child’s strengths and interests and their development
I have always believed that it is important for us, as educators, to discover the good sides and opportunities in a child’s personality.
This is the power of positive thinking that helps the child see himself as reflection of the teacher , to guess your strengths. This knowledge builds confidence in personal abilities. Self-knowledge is of paramount importance to every human person.
Identifying gaps and weaknesses and working on them
It is necessary, after knowing their strengths, children to know that there is no absolute perfection and everyone has latent qualities that are not as developed as the others. Every child can understand this through the feedback they receive from their teacher.
It is right to show children where they need improvement and improvement. This is an integral part of the individual approach – specific exercises or practice are given on a material to improve skills and qualities.
The important thing is to work for the development of the child’s personality as such, and not to accumulate a large amount of information, facts and details that at one point become meaningless because they are replaced by new ones.
It is more important to teach the child to sort and classify information, to know how to handle it and how to stream it / a new term from our daily lives /. This skill, as well as demonstrating the ways of learning, are interesting elements of individual learning.
Every professional knows that one child learns in a way that is radically different from another . The job of specialists is to determine which of these ways works for the child in question and to implement it in order to achieve effective results.
The game – the queen during the individual or group training
The game is something the child can’t do without. This is his safe place where he dictates and follows rules . Where the child can change the course of a situation and exercise some control, which is often taken away from him in the real world.
In the game, we can observe the individuality of a child – he can to shine suddenly in a different light. In this way, the teacher “sees” his true personality. This is an important and interesting moment for professionals, as it gives complete information about a child.
In this way, they can judge which moral values they need to develop, which are strong or poorly developed personal qualities. This is how gaps can be filled, underdeveloped elements can be fully formed.
The game is a means of educating, training the child’s mind and imagination. It is necessary for the growth and formation of the still unstrengthened young person.
The individual approach also has a psychological side – it is an individual concern for comfort of the child.
The teacher is a kind of psychologist who traces the story of a child and knows in detail his feelings, predispositions and preferences.
Why it was successful
The individual approach is an extremely successful methodology. From time immemorial, people have had reason to prefer individual learning to group learning, although each has its advantages.
Its success largely depends on the fact that this approach is something like a garment tailored specifically for this particular child . In this way, she always fits perfectly to his figure. I use this metaphor to make the application of the approach and its effectiveness clearer.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Of course, like any methodology, this has its strengths and weaknesses.
The individual approach has the following strengths and benefits:
- excellent development of children’s abilities and skills
- maximum care and attention
- individual work for improvement
- maximum motivation of the child in the learning process
- effective results, often higher than average
- trust in the education system and process on the part of the child and his / her parents respectively
The individual approach also has weaknesses:
- poorer opportunities for socialization due to the nature of individual learning
- lack of competition in a group work environment
- lack of peer communication
- over-reliance on a single teacher who becomes a navigator in each field – sometimes communicating with more adults builds trust, brings diversity and challenges that create and shape character
In summary, the individual approach is a successful methodology in the camp environment . It brings calm and confidence to both the campers and the teachers that every child is taken care of and that everything is fine with him.