We live in a time where there is an unfathomable amount of information at our fingertips. It’s not just the amount of information and different number of sources that are growing at an alarming rate, but also the different formats of information. Information is no longer just text, but visual, musical, audio. Metaliteracy is critical to ensure that we do not drown in the sea of information.
We speak to Ms Hina Patel, Principal of EtonHouse International School, Dongguan who spent the summer of 2017 in East Africa as a volunteer teacher.
How can we guide our children towards socially appropriate behaviour? When will they understand the need for guidelines and boundaries? Instead of ‘blaming’ children for their behaviour, it’s time we use conflict resolution strategies to support children to see different perspectives and develop skills in interacting positively with others!
It takes skill and lots of practice to ask good questions of children, as well as a commitment to slow down to really listen to what children are telling us, through their non verbal and verbal communication.