Create a Happy Environment for the Learner
Recently, I was remembering my childhood and realized the reason why I never learned Mathematics. My parents sent me to different tutorial classes and spent a fortune trying to convince me that I need to love this subject. I had heard stories about people getting a full 100 in Mathematics, and I thought that it shouldn’t be too difficult. Learning should be fun and not something which is fed to you by force.
Mathematics is all about practice, but I never enjoyed doing it. I remember a tutorial class in which the weak student got cornered and the bright students would get chocolates. I was poor in Mathematics, and it was because of the teaching methods of these tutors, that I never really enjoyed it.
Well, I am a full-grown woman now and I teach college students. I try to create a happy environment by connecting real life situations with the sociological theories. Do note that Sociology is not an easy subject, and a child loses interest too soon. A good teacher will create a positive environment for the kids. If I started cornering students for not knowing an answer, I would be a bad teacher. A teacher’s job is to inspire, and bring out the best in a child. Don’t you think?
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
— Benjamin Franklin
Commanding and Memorizing is not the Way To Go
I do not remember the teachers, who used failed techniques like telling us to memorize a certain paragraph and write it down. For me, it is not a process of learning. A child will forget what he has memorized! What has he truly learned?
When a child gets involved in the process, he/she remembers the lesson for life. I am remembering my childhood yet again, and I can recall a teacher, who would use different audio-visual techniques to help us in understanding the concept in a better way!
Give them examples, show them colours, conduct activities, and praise each and every child. When you corner a student, who takes time to understand the concepts, they lose interest. Try to create a fun and interesting lesson which the kids would enjoy.
If a child cannot relate to a theory, he/she will never be able to understand. For example, there is a theory of alienation by Karl Marx. It may seem like a tough theory to understand in ‘Marx’s language’, but a child would understand the concept through valid examples.
A factory worker has been a part of the jeans making process, and he creates the fabric for it. When he goes outside the factory, he is not able to recognize the product that he himself has made. Plus, he cannot even afford it. This way the factory worker/proletariat is alienated from the product that he makes and also the process. How? It is because he has no power to decide the price of the product. Also, the worker does not even recognize the jeans that he made. When such examples are given, a child will understand the concept. Memorizing a theory is not enough! It is the valid examples and audio-visuals which build an interest.
As I said, learning should be fun and a child should not be forced to like a subject!
“Create a fun environment for the child. If you scare or disappoint them, they would never be able to view the subject through a positive lens. A child takes it very seriously! Add some fun, and make it interactive. The child will love the subject once you involve them in the process of learning!”
— Anshu Choudhary
Learning Should Be Fun: Add Some Zing to Your Lesson Plan
A child will never forget a teacher, who inspires and uses different and fun teaching techniques. Learning should be easy to absorb and fun. When the lesson is boring and the teacher reads out from a book, the students lose interest.
When a student learns with pleasure and is involved in the process, they eventually remember the lesson and take it with them till the end. Learning should be fun and not a forced act. If your child likes History, let them thrive and do it with full dedication. Who are we to force a child to like a particular subject? When your child finishes Engineering and realizes that it is not his calling – What would you do then? Children are dreamers, and we can just guide them to the right path. However, never try to control their dreams.
Make learning fun for the child, and create a positive environment to build interest. If they find a certain activity/lesson scary and impossible, let them choose what’s best for them!
Written By: Anshu Choudhary