Helping children to absorb information and to become curious about their world is one of the most rewarding jobs.
But what is the best way to carry out this incredible and wonderful task?
Over the years much research has been carried out on the issue of ‘different learning styles’ Newly Qualified Teachers have been entering the classroom on their first day of teaching armed with a myriad of ways to help children to learn in the most effective way.
Experienced teachers of the non-sceptical type, have been adapting their teaching methods to incorporate these new concepts. And the sceptics have decided to ignore any research.
Having been a teacher of 5 – 11 year old for many years I have been involved in incorporating many of the new teaching methods that experts have researched. Some have been reasonably sensible and some have been, in my eyes, contradictory to the benefit of children, in any respect.
I’m sure that we all have a preferential method of learning but not to the exclusion of others.
I worry that too much emphasis is put on the child in regard to their success, especially in those under 10 years old. It seems to be very easy to make the excuse that it is the child’s lack of learning methods that impedes them. I would be more inclined to put the emphasis on the teaching methods.
Teaching in the classroom should be as diverse and stimulating as the children in that classroom. Nobody learns successfully in a staid atmosphere.
As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life.
Variety of teaching will lead to children learning effectively and becoming adventurous and eclectic learners.
What about you? Do you consider yourself to be a person with a specific learning style. I’d be intrigued to hear from you. Please leave a message in the box below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.