Learning styles are what makes children individuals.
The uniqueness of every child can be seen in their learning style.
Every child is born eager and with the ability to learn.
Parents are the most influential teachers in their child’s life. Research findings point to this. When you become intimately involved with your child’s learning process, there is usually a dramatic improvement in their motivation.
Parents are often guilty of helping their child a bit too much with their homework. Sometimes the homework battle can be made that little bit easier if you just tell your child what to do, or simply do it for them. At least it’s been done, you think.
Teachers have spoken of parents writing their children’s assignments, taking on the homework responsibility and emailing teachers out of hours, or, as in one case, turning up at a teacher’s home on the weekend to ask about the homework that was set.
But research shows that giving your child too much help could actually hinder their skills development and lead them to feel incompetent.
For some children learning maths comes very easy. For others maths can be a little harder to understand. When this happens, perhaps you need to look at alternative ways of getting the message across.
My daughter is homeschooled and we are currently doing comparisons in our maths curriculum. Comparing one group against another & calculating the difference in value between the two groups. In general she has a very good understanding of maths and has coped quite well with everything in our curriculum. However in completing this latest section, she has seemed to struggle just a little. Perhaps it is the fact that Christmas is just around the corner & she’s more interested in what Santa might bring, but whatever the reason, I found that her concentration levels were dropping as soon as we started maths each day.
Greg Ashman, UNSW Australia
Children often find it difficult to solve problems in the classroom, which can lead to silly errors being made. But are these mistakes made because of carelessness? Or is there another reason to explain why this occurs?
A theory of learning known as “cognitive load theory” can help shed light on why children make mistakes.
Most parents want to assist their child’s learning . Applying the Laws of Learning when working with your child will enhance results.
Anyone guiding the learning of others will find an understanding of the nature and process of learning invaluable.
Successful teaching comes from your knowledge of the subject you are teaching plus the application of learning theory.