Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What teachers should know about us students.

What makes a teacher successful? 
What good is it if a teacher has all the facts, but cannot communicate them in a way that others can comprehend? Having the expertise for any subjects is important but the ability to transfer that knowledge to another person (students) is what makes an excellent instructor stand out.

At some point in life, everyone was or will be a student.
As a G11 student, life in school is particularly stressful at this point. With life hitting you with everything it has, it is not helpful if teachers give out a load of assignments expecting that particular student to dedicate all their time to that single assignment.

Moreover, we students were not born with the same goals in life. Each one of us was born in a different environment with a different goal in life and a different dream in mind that we want to do as we continue to grow. It is not helpful if every classroom is designed with one learning style in mind. Though over the years I have spent in high school, attempts to change the learning environment in school are pretty obvious. With traditional courses replaced with more realistic, helpful courses that can be applied in the future such as the robotics class in middle school, and the environment of the class changed to make it more comfortable like the design of current english class in AIS.

This is exactly what the school and teachers should do. Rather than forcing information into the minds of students and expect them to understand everything you know, you should make the student interested in learning that particular subject by making their learning environment comfortable and make them feel interested in it.

There are also some good ways to teach a student.

Consider Kinesthetic Learning
Of the different learning styles, the kinesthetic learning is the hardest bunch to teach in a traditional setting. This learning is about movement–touching, feeling, and moving through knowledge, which requires space and opportunity that many traditional classrooms do not allow for.

Kinesthetic learning benefits from students trying something, watching it fail, and taking that knowledge forward. While this can be difficult logistically with a large class, implementing kinesthetic strategies will not just help a few kids, but your own approach to how students learn.

There Are Seven Learning Styles
How exactly “learning styles” should be used depends on who you speak to. It is true that learning styles are among the most misunderstood facets of modern education. It isn’t true that there are “kinesthetic learners,” but is is true that there is “kinesthetic learning.” Key difference.

Visual: Using sight (Most effective in my opinion)
Auditory: Using songs or rhythms
Verbal: Speaking out loud the information
Kinesthetic: Using touch and taste to explore the information
Logical: A more mathematical approach to concepts
Interpersonal: Learning in groups
Intrapersonal: Learning alone

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