Today’s blog is a guest post from Helen Cartwright who is a writer and experienced Education blogger.
Some people complain that the work of teaching young minds is stressful. On the other hand, most educators find it rewarding. The difference comes in the methods the two types of people use in educating young minds. Learning is a continuous interactive process that takes place on different platforms. It’s important to understand that children require different methods to learn different things.
It is not all about books and whiteboards. It is about learning the behavior of each child and understanding how well they learn. The information helps you in employing the appropriate techniques to facilitate their learning.
- Online Education
Some children learn best through the use of online education techniques. There is a wide range of learning that can take place through video games, tutorials, and creative content. Internet tools help children learn by providing visual aids to enhance knowledge acquisition. This method facilitates active participation of the young minds due to the visual appeal.
Children can conduct research online on the projects they receive from the school. The child can become exposed to a wide variety of content which broadens their minds and imagination. The only limitation is that there is no control over the content. The child may end up using online content not appropriate for them if there is no supervision. It works both ways; online education and in-person tutoring both have their positive and negative side. You need to decide here which method is best suitable for your child.
- In Person Tutor
One on one tutoring is one of the most effective methods of teaching but is rarely used due to teacher-student ratios being so high. It is especially ideal for children who are slow in learning specific subjects such as mathematics. Some children do not like expressing themselves in public. In person, tutors will give the child an opportunity to learn and ask questions.
The benefit of this method is that it gives the child personalized care which enhances learning. It can help the child create a rapport with the tutor. It is easy for you to see the progress of the tutoring. Accountability is therefore not an issue as the tutor will have to work. The only disadvantage is that it can be stressful looking for a tutor.
Some parents resort to homeschooling their children instead of taking them to school. It is sometimes suitable for children who have difficulties fitting in due to various factors. When the child does not learn well in school due to fear of stigmatization, it is seen by some as acceptable to confine them to an environment they know best. The parents ought to enact great educational philosophies for homeschooling. It helps in enabling the child to differentiate between a parent and a teacher.
Experimentation is the most rewarding method of teaching young minds — the fact that the approach is hands-on means that there is active participation. Children love things that they can touch and manipulate. Experiments provide a platform where children can engage in activities where they see outcomes and use their senses.
It is hard for children to forget things that they learn practically. It, therefore, helps in retaining knowledge. Children can ask questions and explore various things by manipulation of laboratory parameters. There is increased creativity, exploration, and discovery.
- Aura Teaching
Aura teaching involves learning through the use of sound. The sounds can be storytelling or in the form of songs. Aura learning breaks the monotony of reading in classrooms and listening to teachers all day. It is an active form of education. Take for example “the head shoulder knees, and toes song.” Adults still remember how to sing that song years after finishing school.
Storytelling attracts attention due to variation in tonal voice and storytelling techniques. The process of learning new songs helps the children learn how to recall what they learn.
- Physical Learning
Physical learning is a way for the children to put into practice all that they learn in the classroom. It helps children to express themselves through creativity. Young minds have different abilities and ways of expressing themselves. This strategy allows the children to select what they are comfortable doing. It can involve:
- Building structures
- Playing games
A child can use entrepreneurship skills by developing a product or service and selling it as an example. The child can discover their talents and abilities through physical learning.
- Classroom Teaching
It is good for children to learn together in a classroom environment. The arrangement helps the children to interact with one another and also learn from each other. Subjects such as English and Mathematics are best taught in the classroom environment. They require the students to think and solve equations logically.
When it comes to learning pronunciation in English, children can learn from one another. They can share and encourage each other. Student’s interactions take place during class time. The students can strengthen relationships that can help them learn more through group discussions. The children can acquire social skills while interacting with other kids from different backgrounds and opinions. It, therefore, increases confidence and life skills.
Maybe you use strategies like this in your classroom and maybe you use others. Please share what you do and if any of these are controversial please share. We would love to hear what you believe in and this article is a way to provoke conversation around what works and what doesn’t for you.