For example, in a classroom. We are fine to spend most of our childhood constantly learning — from kindergarten to high school.
We see it as a normal, but stressful part of our lives. Some superheroes nail school years with ease. And some have to struggle and fight with their self-esteem way past the school bench. It does. There are new approaches, techniques, discoveries and tons of learning materials, which should help everyone — students and teachers — to enjoy the process.
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However, learning something new compares to running on a treadmill sometimes. You have probably heard of an enormous dropout rate from online courses. Do things right, from the first shot. It adds pressure and leads to an obvious lack of enthusiasm, dropout rate and constant anxiety for both, students and teachers. We study human behavior in a store, predict how customers think and what products buy. But when it comes to learning and teaching environment we are clueless.
The way we teach and the way we learn. The way we are used to teaching is different from the way we tend to learn. Harold B.
White asked participants of his workshop to write down the most memorable and important lessons they had learned in their lives. Just out of curiosity, what would be your answers like? Probably because this environment lacked the following aspects:. That excites students to seek for it.
However, the wrong learning environment demolishes every chance of not only succeeding, but even trying. A challenge is a first stepping-stone on the way to learn something. It creates a meaningful reason to find the answer. More importantly, the challenge helps people to seek social interaction and establish strong relationships with both parties in a classroom — peers and teachers. Even though today teachers have more than enough learning materials, supplements, and even cutting-edge technologies, they fail to engage students not to be afraid of the difficulties but seek for them.
Encouraging learners to seek answers is more than just enough for motivating them. Some teachers would say that students are not motivated, and they have to come up with different tricks to make them study like gamification, for example, which becomes something meaningless after all. People are self-motivated natures; they are just awaiting a slight push toward the right direction. You have a challenge, you have people and you just need to give them a go, encouraging seeking answers sometimes wrong or unusual , rather than perfect results.
Enjoying the failure — a new way of learning and the future of education. Education in a classroom tends to drive competition. You may want your students to compete, but you need an input from all of them, not just the best ones. A game. You can easily start with game-based learning. Gamers love to fail!
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Gamers are usually seeking for challenges and love the right feedback of their actions. They are keen on social interaction with people who are entitled to help them to deal with the challenge. Gamers are perfect learners! You can say that your students are too serious and will never play or engage in any gaming activities. And you will just have to bear with me here, I have a suggestion for that sort of a challenge, too.
Gamification means you add some game-like elements to the real, serious environment to make it look like a game.
With game-based learning, the whole process is a well-organized learning environment within a game. Following the best game design traditions and UX gaming experience, you have a few solutions under your sleeve for students to play with you. Yes, you can play with them as well, why not? Story-based individual approach.
Or, well-known in the gaming industry, single-player games. You can give away long spreadsheets where students can fill in the blanks and lecture them about the system. The second of my two strategies is to encourage children to become game designers themselves. This requires more technological infrastructure and more support from knowledgeable people.
But I have found that when they get the support and have access to suitable software systems, children's enthusiasm for playing games easily gives rise to an enthusiasm for making them, and this in turn leads to more sophisticated thinking about all aspects of games, including those aspects that we are discussing here. Of course, the games they can make generally lack the polish and the complexity of those made by professional designers.
But the idea that children should draw, write stories and play music is not contradicted by the fact that their work is not of professional quality. I would predict that within a decade, making a computer game will be as much a part of children's culture as any of these art forms. Finally, the third strategy suggested for members of the game-designer community is to be aware of the kind of contribution their work is making to the learning environment and to shift it a little here and there, whenever they can, away from deceptive Shavian matings towards empowering children as independent learners.
Below is a letter in response to Papert's article and Papert's response to that letter, both of which appeared in the September issue of Game Developer magazine in the "Says You" section on page 5. As an instructional designer, I believe he paints a very misleading picture of what motivates us. I'm offended by his accusation that it's in a curriculum designer's best interest for a student not to learn so that a new curriculum is needed and brings more business.
The instructional designers I've known are dedicated to educating others. Teaching is not a lucrative profession. Clearly, financial gain isn't our primary motivator. Papert seals his hypocrisy by using his article simply to promote his latest book. This cripples his argument and makes his column a self-serving advertisement that panders to a target audience of programmers and others in the game industry who might read it and think "I've always said we didn't need instructional designers!
As an instructional editor and project manager of computer-based training programs at Total Learning Concepts, I made sure that our customers learned key concepts. Any perpetuation of business came not from doing a poor job, but rather from always doing the best job that I could.
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If our clients didn't learn from our material, they certainly wouldn't come back to us for help in the future. Another serious flaw in Papert's argument is his comparison of learning how to play a video game with learning math or reading. A "professor of learning" must be aware that the brain does not process all information in exactly the same way.
How can Papert justify clumping all these different types of information processing into one category? I suggest he, or anyone interested in how people learn different skills, read any work by the foremost expert in the field of learning, Howard Gardner. Professor Gardner's pioneering theories have led to the identification of eight different types of learning. I'd like to know exactly which games Papert thinks teach players how to learn, and what specific learning skills he thinks they are developing by playing these games.
Papert's column might lead a reader to assume that all types of learning can be grouped into one category, or that a designer who is great at teaching one set of skills may be an expert in every field. It's true that teaching a person how to learn is considered the ultimate goal of academia, but when it comes to educating students in specific subject matter, the medium cannot afford to become the message.
A panel discussion at this year's E3 on educational software presented another important reason for a curriculum designer to lend input on an educational product: promoting the product in the classroom market. In order for a school system to adopt educational software, the software must comply with the school's curriculum. Great instructional designers are not only familiar with a given school system's curriculum; they also have experience implementing the curriculum in the classroom. I have the utmost respect for everyone involved with project development, and recognize the important contributions of each member of the team.
I've learned much about game design from incredibly talented, insightful programmers. I hope game developers recognize the advantages and benefits that a good instructional designer can bring to an educational product. Instead of simply replacing instructional designers with programmers, I recommend that the two work closely together to create better educational games. I'll refrain from devoting more than one sentence to Artinian's personal flames. The Main Curriculum Journals have spelling games and copywork also- Students will learn to spell many random words this way.
They should study the "Major" for at least ONE full day per week. Let them study and explore their passion without distraction from other subjects. They need to dig deep. You can find lots of themed learning books at your library or choose to use Usborne Books. Choose a Fun-Schooling Math Book on Your Child's Level This will help your child to get over the fear of math, and maybe choose a math curriculum after they overcome the fear. Include math 2 or 3 days a week, math can really mess with the mind and cause children to have learning issues in other areas, so don't push it every day if your child is struggling: 5.
Choose a Few Subjects to Study as a Team Add Important and Required Subjects and Choose Books to Use with the Family as a Team - If you want to add in "required" subjects the fun-school way, add some of these awesome books, maybe one day per week, they are very deep and intensive, yet fun. We use one book for multiple kids, and work as a team with these. If you live in a state with strong requirements, or if your child is collecting high-school credits, you can use our 10 or 12 Subject Portfolio for your child's best work in every required subject: 9. We love to encourage each other.
If you have a questions ASK them. Moms who are experienced with fun-schooling will answer. Visit Linda's website to learn more about each Thinking Tree Book, and watch videos about each book: homeschooling6. Let It Go!