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Pay attention to your urges to help. If your child wants to bang blocks together, don't intervene unless there's the chance that someone might get hurt. If your child does something dangerous, unhealthy, or destructive — walking with pens, eating crayons, or throwing stones, for example — gently instruct him or her about the proper use of the object: Toddlers often will push the boundaries and ignore your initial request. If gently dissuading them doesn't work, try to distract them with other activities and items.
Kids often want to examine everyday items most of us overlook. Bugs, rocks, lawn ornaments, fallen leaves, parked cars — they're all fascinating to toddlers. Encourage them to touch bark, examine twigs, watch spiders, or look at the colors of lights and shop signs, watch doors opening and closing, trucks idling, and people boarding buses. As parents, you might feel impatient to get busy and get your child to the activity you've planned.
You want to get started "doing something. Rather than rushing along, take a deep breath and make new discoveries together. Have your child real aloud. Create a family reading time where everyone focuses on reading for 20 minutes a day. A key to developing good readers, it to make reading fun — not frustrating. If a child decides that reading is boring or frustrating, they won't want to read and their ability to learn will be diminished. Let children pick their own books to read, help them read, and create activities for them that make reading fun.
When it comes to education, all some kids experience is control, control, control. When a child feels controlled, or out of control when it comes to their education, they often withdraw from learning.
It's important to guide children through the learning process, but it's just as important to allow children to have control of their own learning experience. Whether at home, or in the classroom, provide children the ability to have direct input into their learning choices. A good way to do this is to provide children options. For example, when assigning a writing project, allow children to choose their topic to write about. We also recommend allowing children to choose their own extracurricular activities.
The more control and input you're able to provide a child, with respect to their learning environment, activities, and style, the more engaged and motivated a child will become to learn.
Encourage your child or student to express his opinion about what's going on with his education. Create an open atmosphere where he feels comfortable expressing his likes, dislikes or concerns. When he shares his opinion, make sure to validate his feelings — even if you disagree. When children feel like their opinion doesn't matter, or they're stuck, they're likely to disengage from the learning process. Good learners know their opinion matters and feel reassured that they can be open about their educational experience without being judged, put down, discouraged or ignored.
When learning engages children in areas and subjects of interest, learning becomes fun and children engage in learning. If you really want to help your child to become a good learner, encourage him to explore topics and subjects that fascinate him. If he likes dinosaurs, help him find engaging and interesting books and stories about dinosaurs. Then challenge him to identify his five favorite dinosaurs and explain why he chose each one. Every child has learning preferences and styles that are best suited to their way of learning.
Some children have a dominant learning style , while others prefer to learn using a mix of learning styles. There isn't necessarily one right or wrong learning style, or mix of learning styles.
However, by helping your child discover his preferred learning styles, you can use techniques that will improve his rate and quality learning. There are seven fundamental learning styles: For example, children who are visual learners learn best by seeing how things work. Conversely, children who are auditory learners learn best by listening to things being explained. For young children, it's beneficial to explore and employ different types of learnings styles.
Enthusiasm rubs off, especially when it comes to learning new things. If your child or student sees that you're sincerely enthusiastic about learning, they're likely to become enthusiastic about learning.
Whether it's history, science, reading, writing or even math, help him see that learning is a journey of exciting new discoveries. The second aspect of explaining something that leaves the explainer more enriched, and with a much deeper understanding of the subject, is this: Without that skill, I can only learn from direct experience; with that skill, I can learn from the experience of the whole world.
Thus, whenever I struggle to explain something to someone else, and succeed in doing so, I am advancing my ability to learn from others, too. This aspect of learning through explanation has been overlooked by most commentators. And that is a shame, because both aspects of learning are what makes the age mixing that takes place in the world at large such a valuable educational tool.
Younger kids are always seeking answers from older kids — sometimes just slightly older kids the seven-year old tapping the presumed life wisdom of the so-much-more-experienced nine year old , often much older kids. The older kids love it, and their abilities are exercised mightily in these interactions. They have to figure out what it is that they understand about the question being raised, and they have to figure out how to make their understanding comprehensible to the younger kids.
The same process occurs over and over again in the world at large; this is why it is so important to keep communities multi-aged, and why it is so destructive to learning, and to the development of culture in general, to segregate certain ages children, old people from others. What went on in the one-room schoolhouse is much like what I have been talking about.
In fact, I am not sure that the adult teacher in the one-room schoolhouse was always viewed as the best authority on any given subject!
Long ago, I had an experience that illustrates that point perfectly. When our oldest son was eight years old, he hung around and virtually worshiped a very brilliant year-old named Ernie, who loved science. Our son was curious about everything in the world. He was greatly annoyed. One might wonder how on earth learning came to be seen primarily a result of teaching.
Moses, Socrates, Aristotle, Jesus — these were people who had original insights, and people came from far and wide to find out what those insights were. No one in his right mind thought that the only way you could become a philosopher was by taking a course from one of those guys. On the contrary, you were expected to come up with your own original worldview if you aspired to the title of philosopher.
This was true of any and every aspect of knowledge; you figured out how to learn it, and you exposed yourself to people who were willing to make their understanding public if you thought it could be a worthwhile part of your endeavor. That is the basis for the formation of universities in the Middle Ages — places where thinkers were willing to spend their time making their thoughts public.
By the way, this attitude toward teaching has not disappeared. When quantum theory was being developed in the second quarter of the twentieth century, aspiring atomic physicists traveled to the various places where different theorists were developing their thoughts, often in radically different directions.
What was true of physics was equally true of art, architecture…you name it. It is still true today. Schools should enable people to go where they want to go, not where others want them to.
Every word — teacher, student, school, discipline, and so on — took on meanings diametrically opposed to what they had originally meant. Consider this one example from my recent experience. I attended a conference of school counselors, where the latest ideas in the realm of student counseling were being presented.
I went to a session on the development of self-discipline and responsibility, wondering what these concepts mean to people embedded in traditional schooling. George Orwell was winking in the back of the room. Today, there are two worlds that use the word education with opposite meanings: New Wharton research shows that although the SEC has made an effort to educate individual investors, key impediments are keeping them from using information that could help improve their returns.
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