Experiential Teaching

I hear and forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Chinese Proverb

Tere Bowen-Irish spoke at the 2010 CSC Speaker Series.  She described wonderful teaching ideas for kids, kindergarten through high school.  The focus was on using Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences to help children learn.  I was struck by how easy it actually is to incorporate the MI Theory into teaching.  Tere demonstrated how learning can be fun even if the child finds the subject difficult or if the child has learning or behavioral difficulties.

So much of our teaching is focused on listening and memorizing facts which is fueled by the need to teach to a test.  Creativity and fun have been sacrificed in order to focus on passing the tests as mandated by No Child Left Behind and the individual state requirements.  Just listening usually means not remembering what is being taught.  Combine teaching with listening, seeing, and then doing and the children are engaged in learning and remember what they are learning.  I was heartened to realize that despite the current pressure for teachers to teach to a test, it is still possible and easy to bring creativity back into the classroom.  Go to Tere’s web site to learn more.  www.allthepossibilitiesinc.com

Categories Beyond Labels | Tags: | Posted on April 9, 2010

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