Teaching vs. Learning

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”

-Brad Henry 

This post will be talking about the difference between teaching vs. learning. It is easy for teachers to check the lesson plan for the day and tailor the lesson in order to check to box off the to-do list. However, are the students truly learning? Are the students absorbing the information and developing learning habits for their future? These are all questions that teachers should be asking and adjusting their lessons and classroom habits accordingly.

So far I have been able to share with you the different learning styles of students and the impact a teacher’s lesson plan has on their learning development. A student in grades K-5 are in crucial learning years. Everything that they take in will act as a building block for the rest of their academic careers. However, not only will it affect their academic careers it also affects their ability to absorb information and develop the right habits that will impact the way they learn in the future.

Students are so vulnerable at these phases in their lives. If they learn to be lazy early on, they will develop bad habits for when they are in upper level courses and even college. It is easy for students to be taught basic information and for the teacher to guide their lessons to make it simple for the students to learn. However, teaching and learning are two different things. Like I stated earlier a teacher can develop a lesson and teach their students, but in the beginning stages of their learning it is their responsibility to teach them how to absorb information.

Memorizing is not going to take them through their academic career. Eventually, they will hit a wall and have a rude awakening. There are 3 rules for teachers in order to tailor their lessons to benefit the students: assess early and often, let students get their feet wet, welcome student input for your content and assignments. When students feel as though they have a say in what they are learning, they are more likely to remember it and be passionate about it.

Teachers should ask their students what they know and what they don’t know quite often. It is the easiest way for them to get immediate feedback from the students and also help assess who is retaining information and who isn’t and how to solve it. They should also give students an opportunity to put what they’ve learned to action. Whether it is a field trip, real world activity, or game, students love to get up and “get their feet wet.” Also, teachers need to act on the feedback that they get from their students. They need to implement the feedback into their lesson plans and follow through.

Teachers are starting to update their lessons and get student’s feedback to improve the classroom learning experience. These are all great steps to develop great learning habits for students! If you’d like to read more check out the article below!

Thanks for reading!

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