Learning by Doing as Opposed to Learning by Listening

Gone are the days when children had to sit down at their desks in a classroom all day and listen to a teacher at the blackboard, trying to learn. A child’s attention span is such that only a few things can be grasped within a matter of minutes, no matter how much information you try to pour into their heads. The traditional classroom model of rows and rows of desks and chairs is quickly changing to children sitting in groups or circles with their teachers, or even gathered in the playground for a lesson. From playgroup in East Singapore itself, a child can be taught basic yet important life skills by encouraging him to do things rather than just sit and listen. Learning by experience is not only a much effective way of learning, but also one which encourages a child to think for himself. A child, who has seen, heard, touched, smelled and felt will gather much more knowledge as opposed to a child who has been told something and is expected to take the teacher’s word for it.

Mixing Work and Play for a Favourable Outcome

Who said learning cannot be fun? Children love playing and engaging in various activities, so there is no reason why a little learning can be incorporated in these fun activities and play, or a little fun and play added to the day’s lesson. Most pre-schools and schools organise holiday programmes and activity groups where children can learn a whole bunch of things while having a good time. Such gatherings can encourage a child to view education as something interesting and exciting rather than somewhat of a burden and a nuisance. This way, they will try to get more actively involved in lessons rather than try to get away from them.

A Balance between Individual Attention and Group Work

The effectiveness of teaching is diminished by leaning too much towards either giving a child too much one-on-one time or not giving enough of it. Speaking to and explaining things to a child individually can help get his attention better and make the explanation more personalised based on the individual grasping abilities of that particular child. Every child is unique and therefore each one has a different capacity of memory, recall and understanding. Therefore a one-on-one approach when necessary can help them come to terms with their lesson more effectively. Also, working as a group will help the child relate to the lesson with his peers, thereby improving his social and interpersonal skills. The mix of both these approaches is used in modern teaching techniques for more effective learning.