Does your child feel anxious about going to school and learning a new lesson?
This is a frequent complaint of parents of many school goers. In contrast, your child shows more excitement when you plan a trip or buy her a new video game.
So, why is she not interested in learning a new lesson at school?
Neurologist and educator Judy Wills’s book ‘Research-Based strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher’ has highlighted the benefits of making learning fun.
Here are six ways from Let’s Practise to make learning fun:
1. Tweak teaching methods.
The addiction to online games, hours on social media sites, TV, etc. has a great impact on the child’s learning process. Her brain is not like the CPU that scans and stores information; she has to take notes in class and read them multiple times to retain it. Making your instructions more appealing and fun through interesting flashcards is a great option. Using flashcards in between lectures makes it easy for students to recall the lessons taught in the class that day!
2. Get them involved.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Students prefer interactive classes to boring distractive lectures. Teachers should start with a brainstorming session that helps them concentrate. Ask questions to make students interact and if the topic for the day is monotonous theory, you can end the class with some fun activity.
3. Replace boring revisions with activities that stimulate her brain.
Teachers should avoid sticking to the textbooks alone. Use different sources like newspaper cuttings, films, experiments, etc. Include fun games for the review sessions. Making the revision time fun and broadening the study materials stimulates the student’s brain.
Include one of these games in your review sessions to make learning more fun.
4. Make learning easier.
However difficult the topic is, a smart teacher can simplify it to her students. Teachers can split a difficult topic into multiple sessions and include activities, illustrations, discussions, etc in it. This makes it doable and interesting for the students. You can also use the power of technology. Images help process information faster and also facilitate long-term memory.
Tip: Create a video clip or use relevant videos from YouTube.
5. Arrange competitions for the creative arts.
Students spend a majority of their time in school and home, studying and doing homework. Preventing the child from following their productive hobbies has negative effects on his overall development. There are many students who can draw effortlessly, carve a beautiful piece of clay and make miniatures. Teachers should include art in the class and appreciate their creative genius. This motivates and encourages the child to do better.
6. Turn responsibilities into fun.
Homework stress, peer pressure, and other issues prevent the child’s full involvement in class. Get your students involved in a fun activity that tests her skills. For this, you can ask your students to take turns and explain part of the lesson of their choice. Make sure that every child gets a chance. This will boost their confidence and also be a fun time for students.
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instil a love of learning.” – Brad Henry
A student can only fall in love with learning when the teacher supports and guides her. Let’s Practise is a platform that makes problematic maths, confusing grammar more fun. Click here to learn more.