By: Blessing Adedimeji Adeyanju.
Updated on May 1 , 2020.
The current state of the world has added a new responsibility to parents. They have to actively play the role of a teacher. Parents who were not teachers may see teaching as a difficult task to do.
They may begin to see a new dimension of their children.
Some children may have a positive attitude towards learning, while some may have a negative attitude towards learning. We are glad to tell you that whether their attitude is a positive or a negative one, learning is possible.
In order to help parents, teachers, and guardians achieve a lot with their kids, the following tips are provided. These tips are targeted at improving the quality of your teaching.
Make your children happy: You can achieve a lot with your children when you make them happy. Happiness can bring out the best of a child. A child can go farther than expected when they are happy. Happiness is the important key in educational system (Talebzadeh, 2011). Furthermore, when children continue to associate their happy feelings to learning, it will help them develop a positive attitude towards learning.
Avoid comparing children’s abilities: Comparing a child to another is not the best way to motivate a child. Making comparisons can be counterproductive when used. A child may begin to doubt his own ability when he is being compared. It is healthy to compare a child’s previous ability to their present and let them see how they have improved.
Work with your child’s pace: Teaching a child requires a lot of patience. The central reason for your lessons is for them to acquire new knowledge or review their existing knowledge. We shouldn’t be bothered by how much they ought to have learnt. Rushing children or giving them tasks that are more than they can handle may let the child feel stressed.
Use examples your children can relate with: Example makes children understand a topic better. But when you use examples that are not related to what they have experienced, they may find it difficult to understand the concept better. When you make examples that are related to what they have experienced, they will be able to make more examples themselves. For example, when you are giving examples of animals, start with the common domestic animals, like, dog, goat, and cat e.t.c
Be practical with your Lessons: Using objects to represent abstract concepts aid children’s understanding. What they can see and manipulate gives them a clearer understanding of concepts. For example, teaching kids how to tell the time would be more effective by using a wall clock or a wrist watch than having it drawn on a paper. Use real objects to teach; it will aid a quicker understanding of difficult concepts. Images are the simplest and the most effective way to make sure that the information gets stored as a long-term memory (Jandhyala, 2017).
Praise kids effort instead of intelligence: Parents definitely would love to encourage their children, especially when they have done well in an assessment. Researches done by Dweck, an American professor, shows that praising intelligence can cause harm to children’s development. Praising children for being smart makes them more fearful of messing up and less willing to work hard to learn new skills. In contrast, praising efforts increased effort, willingness to take on new challenges, greater self-confidence and a higher level of success. Therefore, we encourage parents to praise children’s efforts. Efforts could be praise by saying:
“John, you must have put a lot of efforts to arrive at this result. Keep it up!”
“I like the way you tried all kinds of strategies on that math problem until you finally got it.”
“It was a long, hard assignment, but you stuck to it and got it done. You stayed at your desk, kept up your concentration, and kept working. That’s great!”
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Dweck, C. ( 2007). The perils and promises of praise. Educational Leadership, 65, 34 -39.
Jandhyala, D. (2017). Visual learning: 6 reasons why visuals are the most powerful aspect Of eLearning. Retrieved from: http://www.elearningindustry.com
Talebzadeh, F. (2011). Happiness for our kids in schools: A conceptual model. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 29, 1462-1471.
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