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Help the children learn

Teachers and parents must always bear in mind that instead of trying to ‘teach children’; they must ‘help the children learn’. If they are able to make this change in their outlook and approach, the purpose and objectives of education would be better served.

The following aspects of child-learning are crucial to effective learning:

  • Give children the opportunities – and motivate them – to learn by themselves
    Research shows that the human brain is constantly learning. This is a natural process. Humans learn from their immediate environment and understand from their experiences with it. Self-learning is natural, teachers and parents must facilitate the process in children.
  • Give children the freedom to choose what they love to do, and trust them to make the right choice
    Learning occurs at a faster pace at a young age. Children learn faster and better if they are allowed to learn from what they enjoy doing. Give them appropriate and diverse opportunities, and let them decide what suits them best without being pressured to make ‘desirable’ choices
  • Give children something to do from which they will learn
    Children learn very little from listening. In fact, the brain tires from too much listening or doing the same thing over and over again. Children do not like forced quiet and lack of activity because the developing brain is constantly seeking new experiences. Therefore, physical activity is integral to learning.
  • Give children opportunities to work with others and in groups
    It is widely accepted that man is a social animal. The human brain needs a social stimulus. The quality of learning is better when children work in groups. Group (or cooperative) learning also inculcates a sense of belonging and sensitivity to others, mutual respect and interdependency, attributes that are essential for their development as productive and responsible citizens of tomorrow.