We all know how school at a young age can be frightening, which is why the right methods should be used. A big part of learning is having fun and keeping children interested, and we can all agree that this isn’t easy. However, for all of you who are willing to make an effort and teach kids better, here are some creative learning strategies.
Classroom décor that teaches
Most of the kids like to learn using visual help, meaning pictures, posters, and colorful sketches. You can create just that by making posters of a child’s work or creating tables and shortcuts to important information they need to know. Even when they are not focusing their attention on it, after a while, they will remember it. It’s something that can be done as a group project, which enhances their learning as well, and it can be a great decoration that will motivate them. Make sure it is not too distracting because you want them to still be focused.
It’s not uncommon for children to experience difficulties with STEM classes. The material is harder to grasp, which is why some help is needed. There is a variety of stem teaching tools that will interest the children making learning fun. Some of them are 3D writing pen that creates different shapes which they can later compare and describe. Molecules, Legos, problem-solving games, robots, anatomy jane, and many more can help children by showing them in reality how something they can’t understand looks or works. Make exciting experiments you can create in a classroom environment to show them how chemistry and physics, for example, can be a lot of fun.
We have already mentioned how most kids learn by using visual aids. Aside from posters and classroom decor, some aids can be used in classes quite effectively. Presentations with little text, just the important information, and more photos, will make them remember the crucial things, and the photos will make it easier. Certain parts of a lesson can be explained through a video, for example. And the best thing is you can be very creative here. Depending on age, use cartoons, movies, or documentaries. When you want to check their understanding, using pictures, boards, and flashcards is a good strategy. Also, give them handouts they can take home with all the information summarized. You can even do this in the form of a list and color each one differently, or just highlight the most important things.
Younger learners love to be engaged in classes and feel like they are a part of the whole process, which is actually a good thing. Instead of just asking them to share the information they have learned, you can include them in the process. Give them homework in advance where they have to research a topic, make them write songs, or draw the plots of the book they’ve just read. Roleplay and acting games are also very interesting, besides all the students can participate. Create fun games or associations which will not only teach them but also relax them halfway through the class so they can stay focused. From time to time, split them into groups and assign projects for each group, just make sure you can control them if they get too noisy and competitive since that is not the purpose of the activity. Doing workshops, ted talks, and group discussions, works well with older students because you get to see how they think and what they know, and you create a positive atmosphere for learning through exchanging experiences and sharing stories.
Use humor to your advantage
With students of any age, the most important thing you want to achieve is to make them drop their guard, which means that they are not afraid or threatened by any learning situation, thus they can learn easier. As long as you can be in control, humor is a great way to do it, since most of the students respond well to it. You can use puns, jokes, and anecdotes from daily life.
Creativity is an important aspect of learning because it boosts imagination, interest, and a better understanding of the matter. For both teachers and the students, it creates an interesting learning environment, from which everyone can benefit.