In recent years, the world has changed at a dizzying pace: technology, the way we interact and communicate with each other, the internationalisation of our academic and professional lives, social needs or environmental awareness and responsibilities, to name but a few aspects. All this has also led to substantial changes in the way we educate children and young people.
New educational trends arise as a result of the need to adapt to general changes, not only to ensure that new generations are prepared to take on both the present and future as successfully as possible, but also to stimulate them and strengthen their skills from a young age. The Best Schools in Spain analyse the transformations in society and the workplace to implement educational changes that meet the needs of a constantly evolving world.
Digital natives for a technological society
New generations were born into a technological society and they interact with their classmates and friends in a completely different manner to 20 or 30 years ago. Therefore, we cannot educate them with the same techniques. The Best Schools in Spain have been investing in classroom technology and digitalisation plans for years. These involve investment in new tools and resources that optimise students’ learning and guarantee constant training for teachers to ensure they are able to adapt their teaching to continual innovation and technological progress.
Our children and youngsters are the sons and daughters of new technologies, which is why they must be part of their education. Having a mere user level is not enough; we have to teach our students to create with them. Consequently, programming and robotics are some examples of new educational trends starting right from the pre-primary level. This way of active learning helps them to think, imagine, create and understand that the process of trial and error is completely natural.
The term STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) promotes a culture of learning in which different areas of knowledge are related and integrated to help students develop the skills they need both inside and outside of the classroom through active participation.
Therefore, cross-curricular learning is increasingly common, with projects that allow students to acquire knowledge on different subjects. These interdisciplinary projects help students understand that knowledge is interrelated in all areas of their lives. Furthermore, students learn through experiences and situations that they will most likely face outside the classroom, which act as a practise for their adult life as students and professionals.
Students as leaders of their own learning and emotional development
In a bid to provide an integral education, students are encouraged to play a leading role in their own learning. From an earlier stage, students choose their own activities in order to encourage the acquisition of skills, abilities and knowledge. In this way, the Best Schools in Spain promote students’ autonomy and evaluate their learning on an individual basis, taking into account their academic, emotional and social needs.
In the context of education, Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences tells us that human beings possess a series of skills and potentials (multiple intelligences), but that they are traditionally not all treated equally in education.
Consequently, the author proposes that the individual be the one to develop them all. To this end, they must all be considered in the classroom by creating different activities that favour the development of all intelligences and more equal learning, as different students will find it easier to learn in different ways. Furthermore, we should never stop nurturing the talent of each and every individual; in other words, we must strengthen the skills of all students and encourage them to develop in areas where they shine or stand out from others.
Emotional development, critical spirit and civic responsibility
A student’s emotional development is of the utmost importance, as it is the basis of their self-esteem and self-confidence. Their ability to understand, express, control and distinguish between their emotions could spell the difference between success and failure in all other areas of life, both inside and outside the school environment.
Moreover, social, cultural and environmental demands are also gaining ground in education. An education based on respect for others, for diversity and for the environment is vital to ensure students develop empathy and can identify global needs and shortcomings. Students must discover other social and cultural realities from a young age.
It is currently easier than ever before to connect with people from the other side of the world. At the Best Schools in Spain, we promote the idea of diversity rather than difference, the desire to discover rather than fear of the unknown and outreach rather than separation, in order to educate well-rounded people. Ultimately, a globalised society needs a united global society that protects its territory, our planet.
At the Best Schools in Spain we work to educate, stimulate and train innovative, decisive, respectful and aware people with a critical spirit in the first years of life. Our aim is for all students to be able to detect and solve current and future problems, an essential aspect to ensure that our already highly globalised world can continue to progress.