Making learning interesting-A A +A
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
MOST students don’t like to engage in learning because it requires lots of mental effort without any fun. Learning therefore should be made pleasurable and satisfying so as to sustain learners’ concentration and interest.
When learners are bored, learning diminishes. We need to keep learning interesting and relevant, or we need to give children something that will stimulate their brain, spark their imagination and open up their creativity if we want to them to participate and learn.
Education is all about making subjects exciting and fascinating enough so that they seize the child's attention from the get go. Teachers can do this by creating light-hearted fun out of serious learning. Making learning fun necessitates that students have to feel rewarded from the lessons they are absorbing. Generate interesting and open-ended questions that require their brains to think of an answer, rather than a yes or a no. Come up with great games that incorporate the lesson for the day in it. This allows students to get up and about rather than remaining seated most of the time. Games also permit students to apply what they have learned into real situations and are great evaluative tools for teachers.
Likewise, it is important for a teacher to learn how to incorporate lively examples in his/her lessons in order to enhance children’s motivation to learn. They say there is no such thing as boring topic, only boring teachers. Truth is it is actually the teaching approach, not the teacher, which is boring.
Above all, there is a need to inculcate appreciation of learning in each of your students. If you have done that, then there is no limit to making learning fun for them. Tyron Edwards, an American theologian has this to say, "To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully." (Jacqueline Fianza)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 20, 2013.