Interactive hands on learning.
Motivating students can be a challenge. For students who have issues learning and retaining information, traditional teaching methods don’t benefit and reach these students. Eventually, they lose their love of learning, or believe they’ll never understand the materials, and give up. In recent years, non-traditional teaching approaches have gained popularity, particularly interactive hands-on education.
For many students, they must actively engage what they’re learning to understand it. It’s called kinaesthetic learning. The ancient Chinese proverb, “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”, concisely states the importance of actively engaging to remember and understand.
The proverb also sums up the differences between traditional versus non-traditional teaching. Most classrooms utilize the style of instruction that’s most comfortable for a teacher, which consists of the teacher standing in front of the class, lecturing, and assigning reading assignments. But this approach doesn’t benefit most students. A majority of students need to interact with the learning materials to understand how to implement them in the real world.
What Is Interactive Hands-On Teaching?
Interactive hands-on teaching actively engages students in the learning process. Students interact with their teacher or tutor, use their hands and operate multiple areas of their brain during a lesson. It’s effective for all grade levels, and improves not only focus, engagement, and retention, but it sparks the love of learning.
Hands-on learning breaks the traditional mould of teaching. Traditional methods are boring and difficult for most students to learn, understand, and retain the material being taught. This style fills the gaps where students are disconnecting, or misunderstanding what’s being taught.
Why Is It Effective?
This style of teaching combines visuals, listening, and doing. Most of the population are kinesthetic learners; therefore, this approach is the most effective, as opposed to traditional styles that benefit only a minor percentage of students.
It also helps motivate students and keeps them interested in the material. Traditional teaching can bore students. Instead of engaging and having an interest in the material, they turn off their brains, and in consequence, don’t learn, understand, or retain any of the material. They have trouble connecting what they’re learning to real-world application. Also, the more students struggle to learn and understand these concepts, the more disconnected they become.
Hands-on learning encourages students and allows them to understand the learning experience isn’t just books and lectures. This method includes students in the learning process – they’re active participants. Many students lose their love of learning between kindergarten and senior year of high school, and hands-on learning seeks to rekindle that love.
This teaching style also benefits every learning style; tactile and kinesthetic learners, who need movement to learn; auditory, who need to talk about what they’re doing; visual, who need to see what’s being created; and lastly, social, who need a social environment to strengthen their learning experience.
Plus, when you combine activities that require movement, and talking and listening, it activates multiple areas of the brain. The more parts of the brain you activate, the more likely you’ll retain information. It also benefits disadvantaged students who are typically overlooked in classrooms because they have a much harder time retaining information.
We teach, and encourage a love of learning, collaboration, and compassion. Everyone a learner everyday.
How Can You Take Advantage of It?
Titan Tutors incorporates project-based hands-on learning into our tutoring and teaching to not only encourage and engage students but also serve all students, regardless of how they learn best. We strive to benefit every learning style.
We’re committed to not only provide quality courses to help educate your child but to also make it a fun and rewarding experience, so they’re more willing and motivated to learn. For example, we cover art in our writing lessons and use games to motivate children. Our goal is to make learning a fun experience, which in turn, allows them to enjoy learning. We help create a connection where there was a disconnection.
Overall, hands-on learning is a more effective approach to help students not only understand what’s being taught, but also retain the information. Allowing students to interact with what they’re being taught sparks engagement and makes learning fun, rather than a boring and unwanted obligation. Implementing this approach benefits both students and teachers, and offers a better learning and teaching experience for everyone.