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Study Skills: 3 Education Techniques Parents Should Teach Their Children

There can be little doubt that in the modern age of an abundance of information that a multitude of new educational techniques have grown in popularity. The traditional method of simply talking to students doesn’t always work. In fact, it could be harmful for the long-term retention of the information.

Engage the Students

Teachers, instructors, and professors should all learn to engage the students. There is something to be said about a professor that is passionate about the subject they are teaching. The students will be more prone to listen, and that passion from the professor will ignite a curiosity in the students to find out what she is so excited about. Engagement is more than just being passionate, however, it is about keeping the student’s interest in the subject peaked. Teachers should tell stories about how they have used the subject, use a light conversation with the student to point out how the subject has affected their own lives, tell subject related jokes, and so on. Students that are not engaged will lose interest and have a more difficult time in learning the information.

Critical Thinking

One of the most important abilities that a student can learn is critical thinking. The ability to logically deduce and formulate logical arguments. This will counteract the slump that traditional teaching has taught kids: that they are just vessels to be filled with information. An instructor will always be able to keep their classes engaged if they encourage questions. Instead of simply talking to the students, teachers should start communicating with them. They should be asked in-depth questions. They should be challenged with ideas and thoughts that are intrinsically difficult. Any kind of teacher would be benefitted by looking into obtaining a master’s in public administration to provide students with the most challenging information, and even then they should always let students know that the information they put out may be incorrect or outdated. This will give students the confidence to go research it on their own, to find out more, to discover a subject outside of the confines of a classroom.

Spaced Learning

Another great technique that can be paired with the previous two, is something known as spaced learning. This is basically spacing out particular parts of a lesson to give students a little time to mentally digest the first part before continuing on to the second. A great example of this would be a teacher giving the class a large project that requires them to be in teams. The teacher will start off their hour long course with twenty minutes of lecture, insert twenty minutes of project time, and then finish with another twenty minutes of lecture. This prevents students from getting overtly bored, and they will remain more attentive throughout the lectures.

When it comes down to it, there are no perfect techniques to teach. Everyone learns differently. However, the previously mentioned methods will help teachers keep their classes more attentive, engaged, and always willing to discover more.

Tim Esterdahl

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