Bridging the Generation Gap: 5 Ways Teachers and Parents Can Encourage and Improve Student Learning

By March 2, 2015News

learningFor parents, there’s nothing better than seeing their kids excel in school. It fills you with pride and accomplishment. For the teachers, too, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the impact of their teaching on their students’ lives and attaching them do well in school.

Therefore, it is imperative for both all parents and teachers to forge a unified front in further improving their wards’ and students’ results in school. Afterall, they are the common factor. With the right motivation, teachers and parents can encourage the kids to enjoy studying, thus improving their capacity for learning. Here are a few ways to do just that:

Make Learning Immersive

Having and sticking to a curriculum is not a bad thing. Yet, it is surprising how many kids fail to put in the required effort to pass and do well. What can be done to get students more interested and invested in school work? One of the most fun ways is to make learning immersive. We are not just talking about questions and answers in class; we are talking about getting them completely involved.

For instance, in teaching them history, you can have each member of the class assume a historical figure’s identity (name, persona, and more) during the classes. This way, the kids are bound to feel more “connected” to the history lessons than if you were to throw facts, names, dates and events at them.

Create an Enabling Environment

An enabling environment is one in which the kids feel free enough to participate without feeling the pressure of “judgment” or punishment. Create an environment where students can study and learn at their own pace. This helps with self-directed learning as many students are bound to use that opportunity to find out even more than the curriculum offers. Reward genuine curiosity and quest for more information and knowledge.

Problem Solving and Practical Logical Reasoning Sessions

Most kids don’t like mathematics. Who can blame them? The good news, however, is that this can be changed with the right approach. Instead of focusing on formulas, abstract concepts, and trivia, students can be encouraged and taught to like the subject by making sure that the teaching sessions are centered around logical reasoning and problem-solving. This ensures more engagement in class, increased participation and more importantly, genuine learning.

Reward Kids who Ask Intelligent Questions

There are usually two groups of kids in class: those kids who are busy scribbling away at their notepads or typing away on their laptops and those who do those things and actively engage their teachers by asking intelligent questions.

Those who ask intelligent questions often do so for the sake of wanting to know more; not just wanting to pass the exams and graduate to the next grade. If you want to encourage more active learning in classes, encourage and reward intelligent questions. It doesn’t have to be anything flamboyant, simply paying more attention to kids who ask these questions in class is bound to get the other kids to engage more too.

Vary the Environment

There’s nothing wrong with being in the classroom. However, every once in a while – at least once a week – move the kids from the classroom to a different environment. This is what field trips and excursions are for. However, you can’t do that all the time. So, to make your teaching sessions more interesting, take the kids outside, to the lab, to the workshop, or anywhere else you believe will help them learn.