Ever wonder how Sherlock Holmes broke each investigation down into little pieces so easily? You’re not the only one. The art of being analytical, where all emotions subside in favour for cold, hard logic is truly a life skill. Teaching children early in life, to relinquish their emotive attachments is by no means an easy feat.
I deduce sir!
Mathematics lessons can be a thick hazardous jungle for some kids. One way to defeat the anxiety of complicated sums is to make your lessons interactive. Children visualizing numbers in their mind can all too often get lost in their imagination. So next time you’re heading in a lesson on long division, buy a packet of chocolate covered peanuts or fruit candy. Instruct the children in the class that this is not lunch time, and the only way they get to eat the candy is if they, can become Sherlock Holmes. The power of deduction and elimination is integral to investigation and of course, minus mathematics. Put the sweets, nuts or berries in front of the child on the desk, and go through with them the divisional sums while moving the food up and down to replicate the adding and subtracting. Upon the correct answer, let them eat of the treats. Now they can see the numbers physically, and stand a better chance of progressing forward.
Questions within questions
English literature often gets described as the window into the soul of the author. Analysing history and or contextual papers relies on a central narrative that answers a question. The hard part is, getting your students to stay on track. In order to do this, you may find that setting military-like objectives works wonders. For example, when trying to understand a poem, you must first understand the premise and then the poetic themselves. Details like, location, time period, the state of mind and expression are aspects of emotions the poet has transformed onto the page. When writing college essays, much of the same process implements. For example, if the question is to investigate the downfall of the Soviet Union, the student can don their Sherlock Holmes hat once again. The key points of interest immediately, are things like a timeline, formation, historical influence, social context, political landscape, etc. One by one, a question becomes a series of questions. Each issue has an answer, residing in it are multiple layers of an investigation.
Children deserve our respect, and their brilliant minds are just waiting to be unlocked. The journey you as a good teacher take them on is something truly beautiful and wondrous. Always think of new ideas to keep your lessons fresh and interactive. Some children may be too shy to stick their hand up and ask the teacher for help, so champion yourself on treating the kids as individuals. A few minutes of one-on-one time each lesson personalises the learning process. Localising education produces far better results than a blanket approach, and your children will thank you for it by passing with flying colours. Interactive learning also improves their cognitive abilities, because by using their brain and hands simultaneously, they can make sense of the world around them.