When I was in University studying to be a teacher, it was always interesting to me how many Professors preached, “Learning must be collaborative and interactive.” “Don’t be the lecturer at the front of the class.” “Help your students to discover answers for themselves.” “Don’t line up your students in rows.” Then they would line us up in rows, and lecture to us from the front of the classroom.
We all have a tendency to teach the same way that we’ve been taught. If we were lectured to, we tend to lecture. If we had a lot of interaction, we interact. I know that that applies to classroom teachers and I think that it would be safe to say that the same would be true with home educators.
It can be challenging to break out of a pattern of doing things a certain way. We all like routine and the usual.
Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves to break out of the old ways that we’ve been doing things and try something new. It doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul, we can start by adding/changing little things, add enough of those together and…
Here are a few ideas: After a lesson in Science from the text/workbook, how about going online to search for videos that reteach the same concept in another way? How about helping your child to start a blog to share their creative writing assignments and compositions? In Social Studies, tell your child that s/he will be teaching a lesson on …….. then help him/her to find the information and let her/him prepare a lesson to teach to your family.
Breaking our of the “same old” and trying new and different ideas can make teaching more fun for you and learning more fun for your children.