How Do You Want Your Child To Learn?


There are a number of terms that define teaching “methods.” Along with those, comes the controversy of what and how to learn.  How do you want your child to learn, and what is the ideal way to learn? Consider the possibilities and tell me what you think. What is your preference? A combination? Have you thought about it?  Does it influence where you send your child to school and who teaches him?

EXPLAINING
  • Otherwise known as the “lecture,” students listen to information, take notes and visualize the concepts perhaps with the use of visual aids.
DEMONSTRATING
  • Teaching through examples or experiments. The idea is to show something and encourage learning and understanding through actually seeing something happen. A student relates to the demonstration because it provides connections between facts and real-world applications of those facts enhancing the ability to remember the information.
COLLABORATING
  • Collaboration allows students to actively participate in the learning process by talking with each other and listening to other points of view. Group projects and discussions are examples of this teaching method. Teachers may employ collaboration to assess student’s abilities to work as a team, leadership skills, or presentation abilities.
LEARNING BY TEACHING
  • Students learn by teaching other students. In this method, a student must have an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter in order to teach it to others. This method helps students to assess themselves as well as improve communication and presentation skills.
EXPERIENCE

No brainer here. If you get a speeding ticket, you learn not to speed!

Learning happens all the time every day. Everything you say to your child or student teaches them. Even more important is everything YOU DO. Eyes and ears are always working!

Like it or not actions do speak louder than words. Words are okay if you need to answer a question, start a discussion, tell a story, or talk about an experience.

Teaching in my opinion, comes a little from all the methods. Most influential are the experiences. An actual kinesthetic, doing, experiential encounter with something teaches.  The example for toddlers is touching their hand to a hot stove to show that fire burns (not recommending this by the way). Experiment and learn about gravity: Drop a shoe and a piece of paper and see which hits the ground first and discuss why. (It’s the shoe because of the shape of the paper, its fall slows by air pushing up against its under-surface – this slowing effect is called air resistance.)

Learning is not always pretty. Parents’ and teachers’ every move models something to children. A lot of pressure actually, but the truth is no one is perfect, and the good and the bad teach. Failure speaks louder than success. If you do something of which you are not too proud, it is a great conversation starter  — a teaching moment. Don’t let them pass.

So how do you want your child to learn? Is it okay for them to fail having tried and learned? I say YES! Experience is the best teacher.

Categories: 21st Century Education, creativity, Education reform, experiential learning, Life Long Learners, mentors, storytelling, Uncategorized

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