Young children can best build upon what is taught to them by drawing from their socio-cultural environments and their personal interpretations of material artefacts. This learning stream is cut down in today’s micromanaged classrooms. Material things are an embodiment of local knowledge in the matter which comprises facts and relates to the entire system of concepts, beliefs, and perceptions that people hold about the world. Mediums of learning can span over a wide array of channels—from body movement to fusion technology, each sharing a deep correlation with what one learns and how one learns. Each one of these channels or mediums has unique characteristics, much like the children learning from them. The teacher can therefore leverage the importance of the surrounding environment comprising locally available materials, skills, and terrain in supporting a child’s inclination towards a particular medium of learning. Through this project, a classification of assignments has been done according to a graph that places the medium evolution timeline on the x-axis while distributing the assignments according to their instruction heaviness, ranging from teacher-driven to child-driven on the y-axis designed for ease of navigation.
Keywords: 21st Century Skills, assignment design, child pedagogy, experiential learning, school education