As the saying goes, ‘Teach a man to fish and he can fish for life’. In the same way, if we teach our children HOW to learn, and not just the ‘WHAT’ to learn, we will be giving them the skills to learn for life and build a love for learning (beyond and outside school).
When a child has the right skills for learning, he/she will be able to complete and perform academic tasks more effectively and achieve better learning outcomes and results.
For example, if a child is given skills to focus and pay attention, they will listen better and absorb everything that the teacher is teaching. Or if a child is equipped with strong memory and retention ability, they will remember more of what they have learned (new spelling words, multiplication tables, etc). And if we teach a child to have good reasoning and thinking skills, they will be able to solve problems and apply their knowledge.
If we take a moment to think about it, we can understand that every task, assignment and test given in school requires our children to be proficient in these learning skills in order to perform well.
To solve a problem sum, the child needs to have relational thinking to understand the question and connect the parts together and sequential thinking to work out the steps in order
To score in exams, the child needs to possess strong memory capacity to remember what they have revised and effective problem-solving abilities to arrive at the correct answers
To write a good composition, the child needs creativity skills to come up with ideas and strong verbal skills to write the story in a proper flow
To follow the teacher’s pace of teaching, the child needs to have both visual and auditory attention to stay focused and follow what the teacher is writing on the board
Through practice and repeated teaching, our children may be able to solve a difficult word problem; however, that learning is only limited to that particular question (just like giving a man a fish for one meal). And the next time the same problem is phrased differently, the child may again face difficulty with it.
But, if we teach our children to think, reason, connect ideas and problem solve, then they will possess the skills to handle any questions and learning situations because they are empowered with the ability to be fully engaged in their learning (that is teaching a man how to fish for life)
Besides giving our children knowledge in English, Maths and Science, it is also equally important that we give our children the right skills for learning and empower them in their learning process.
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