Our kids need to know HOW to learn

In this time and age, our kids cannot afford to just know how to solve a problem in an exam or answer a question from the assessment book. To handle the challenges ahead, we need to move beyond teaching them what to learn and move towards showing them HOW to learn.

As parents, teachers and educators, many a times we concern ourselves with teaching our children WHAT to learn – grammar rules, vocabulary meanings, maths timetables, number patterns, etc and WHAT to do – reading comprehension, problem sums, spelling tests, etc.

And in the process we may have missed out on the equally important part of teaching them HOW to learn. For example:

  1. To understand grammar rules, children need to first learn HOW to relate words and ideas (relational thinking skills)
  2. To remember the maths timetables, children need to first learn HOW to store and retrieve information (memory skills)
  3. And to figure out number patterns, children need to first learn HOW to analyse patterns (analytical thinking)

Just as we spend effort to teach them English, Maths and Science; we also need to invest time to impart them with skills to think, reason, analyse and learn.

Every expectation of what to do with a learning task needs to be first preceded by the child understanding and learning HOW to do it.

In the same way when someone learns to swim, he/she must first learn HOW to blow bubbles in the water (in order to be able to control their breathing underwater – the WHAT) or someone wanting to pick up tennis first learns HOW to hold the racket and move their feet before they are able to serve the ball.

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Article contributed by Thinkersbox


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