It can be difficult as an educator or parent to make learning appear enjoyable to your students and children. If traditional learning methods aren’t engaging them, it’s time to think outside the box. Capture their attention with individualised, creative, and technology-based learning methods.
Method 1 Making Learning Personal
1. Take into account your students’ specific interests. It is easier to engage students in the lesson and get them excited about the concepts when you appeal to their interests.
Take the time, as an educator, to inquire about your students’ hobbies and interests. Find a way to incorporate these interests into your lesson plans if at all possible. Allow your students to suggest topics and/or bring in materials that they enjoy and want to share with the class, such as books, games, or apps.
Find ways to combine your child’s interests with educational content as a parent. Find books and educational games about trucks if they are interested. If they enjoy music, use sheet music to help them learn about fractions.
2. Plan your students’ learning time to meet their specific needs. Assuming that all children learn in the same way and at the same rate is irresponsible. Evaluate each child’s specific needs as parents and educators. Determine whether they have difficulty sitting still. Examine how they learn best: are they auditory, visual, or physical learners? Use this information to organise your lesson plans and at-home lessons.
Allow them plenty of breaks to move around if they have difficulty sitting still. Include a lot of images in your lessons if they are visual learners.
If you’re not sure about your students’ learning styles, try a quiz or quick assessment to get a sense of them. A number of these are available for free online. If you have the funds, you might even think about hiring a specialist.
3. Give your students opportunities to teach one another. When children are given responsibility for their own or others’ learning, they are encouraged to learn the material as thoroughly as possible.
Provide opportunities for your students to teach each other as an educator.
Assign a topic to each student and ask them to prepare a lesson on that topic—it is now their responsibility to know that topic inside and out. Once they’ve prepared a lesson, have them present it to a small group or the entire class.
Students should work in pairs or small groups. Instead of approaching you for assistance, encourage them to rely on one another to solve any problems that arise. Assign them group projects that will allow them to interact with one another and make learning more enjoyable.
Pair a struggling student with a student who has mastered a topic. Ideally, the struggling student will ask the other student questions.
As a parent, give your child the opportunity to teach you what they are learning. If your child is having difficulty solving a problem, don’t give them the solution. Instead, ask specific questions about the material, such as “How do you know ?” or “How would you solve ?”
4. Participate in your student’s or child’s education. Join in when your students or children are studying or participating in an educational activity. You will model study habits, problem-solving skills, and the joy that comes from learning something new if you become an active participant in their education. If they suspect you don’t enjoy the activity or the content, they’ll assume it’s not worth their time.
Spend time with them one-on-one. Most children enjoy getting one-on-one attention because it makes them feel important. When you satisfy a child’s need for affirmation, they are more likely to listen to the lesson.
Take advantage of quiet reading time for the kids by doing some reading of your own.
Method 2 Making Learning Accessible and Relevant
1. Create opportunities for hands-on learning. When children’s hands and brains are both busy, or engaged, they retain more information. This is accomplished through the creation of lessons and activities that require students to talk, listen, and move. Active, auditory, and visual learners will benefit from these types of lessons and activities.
Increase the number of arts and crafts projects in your lessons.
Students should be moved around to different learning stations.
Students should be grouped based on their interests or strengths. Provide them with activities that allow them to explore a topic in an engaging way.
2. Go on field trips with your students. Field trips allow students to connect the abstract concepts they are learning in the classroom to the real world.
Choose field trips that promote hands-on learning as an educator. Take them to your state’s capitol building, for example, if you’re studying your country’s government.
As a parent, you have the luxury of being able to use your time and resources more creatively. Take your child to an out-of-state art museum to see their favourite painting, or to a distant historic site to learn about your country’s history. Enroll your child in an engineering camp or have them shadow one of your friends at work.
3. Allow your students to use their imaginations. Allow their imagination to run wild rather than limiting or restricting it. Encourage their creativity by designing lessons that include arts and crafts, role-playing, and other similar activities.
Hold a mock trial with your students when teaching them about the judicial branch.
When teaching younger students about historical figures, have them dress up as their subject for a formal presentation.
Allow your children the freedom to express themselves in a variety of ways. Allow them to choose how they want to express their learning by providing them with a variety of project options. Allow them to choose between writing a storey, drawing a picture, or performing a reenactment for a history lesson, for example.
4. Play educational video games. After teaching a lesson to your students or studying a concept with your child, let them play an educational game that will put their newfound knowledge to the test.
Use a quick internet search to find a relevant educational game, or download an app to your tablet.
Make a review game based on a popular game show, or organise a trivia tournament.
Encourage your students or children to participate in board or card games.
5. Make abstract concepts more concrete. Throughout their academic careers, students are exposed to a plethora of abstract concepts that appear to be unrelated to their daily lives. When teaching a new lesson, it is critical to explain how the concepts are applied in everyday life.
Set up a store or lemonade stand for the kids to explore mathematical and business principles. Encourage them to set prices, keep inventory, and keep track of the money.
Request that students locate recent news articles or television clips that relate to what they are learning in school.
Allow your students to act out the following scenarios:
Hold a mock trial.
Host a salon and invite everyone to dress up as a historical figure.
Reenact a well-known battle.
Hold a mock-up United Nations session.
Method 3 Incorporating Games and Technology into Lessons
1. Distribute digital projects. Children today are born into a digital age. They adore technology and are masters of its application. Use technology to capitalise on their desire to use it by incorporating it into their assignments.
Instead of keeping a journal, let them use a digital camera to document their experiences.
Allow students to conduct research on computers and tablets.
Instruct students to create websites, videos, or podcasts.
Allow your children to listen to required readings.
2. Make use of technology in your lessons. By capitalising on children’s love of all things digital, educators and parents can make learning more enjoyable.
Use digital presentation tools to present your lessons in addition to lecturing.
Incorporate brief educational videos into your lectures if you are a teacher. If you are a parent, use short educational videos to explain concepts that your child is having difficulty grasping.
Instead of learning a foreign language, teach your children how to code.
3. Listen to or watch educational programming. Consider using educational videos, podcasts, and plays to supplement lectures and traditional readings as a teacher or parent. Children who appear uninterested during a lecture may be captivated by audio-visual materials.
Display and listen to materials that are relevant to the children’s learning.
Take your class or child to see the theatrical adaptation as a reward for finishing a great work of literature.
4. Allow your children to use electronic games and educational apps. Educational apps and electronic games have become increasingly important in teaching our children fundamental skills and concepts. These educational tools, when used in conjunction with traditional methods of learning, have the potential to improve children’s classroom performance. Other advantages include:
Improving kids tech skills
Portability and availability
Exposure to alternative methods of learning
Utilizing leisure time
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