Often a student’s progress is judged based on their comparative progress amongst other kids. However, every child processes information at a different speed and the child must get that time to fully understand and progress. This is where the problem arises as most of the academic systems do not take into account the cognitive development of children and dictate results with the help of generic criteria. As a result, the student is expected to perform as per the standard “result” and not as per their “understanding.” This creates unnecessary pressure on them and has severe implications during the formative years of a child.
Children often do not know how to articulate their problems, largely because they are not even aware that the problem exists. As a result, they are categorized by their parents, teachers, friends and even themselves as “slow”, “not good enough”, “not sharp enough” and so on.
If this problem of the learning gap is identified sooner, it is possible to help the child and prevent much of the damage that can impact their mindset.
Some common indicators that might help identify this learning gap among students are as follows:
1- Low motivation
As these kids tend to believe that they are “slow” and “incompatible” with others, nothing motivates them to step up and be participating.
2- A “run and hide” tendency
Lack of confidence makes them afraid of the sheer consequences they may face if they fail at a task. So they prefer running away from the work given which is often misunderstood.
3- Apathy to what’s going on in class
In an academic setting where students face various challenges, those who experience the invisible gap may encounter a situation where their underperformance is accepted and not questioned. As a result, they may tend to display only a minimum effort required for any given task, which can become ingrained in their behaviour over time.
Amongst the ones mentioned above, there are many other indicators that one can come across. But there is a need for people especially mentors, teachers and parents to be kind enough to observe and identify them. P&G Shiksha has been successfully working towards uplifting students and bridging this learning gap.
How P&G Shiksha has worked towards bridging the learning gap
P&G Shiksha along with Pratham Education Foundation constantly works on reducing the learning gap in children through various on-ground interventions. Indulging children in various activities that help develop motor, cognitive, social-emotional, language and creative skills.
‘Ei Mindspark’ assists in bridging the learning gap in children and bringing their learning levels up to grade level. Ei Mindspark is a learning management system that assesses each student’s learning level and creates a personalised learning route for them.
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This learning gap can be bridged by a concerned, patient and humble approach. Let us ensure that the next generation has greater assistance and guidance to address and overcome the gap.