Do you just go in there and teach or do you think about the ways in which your students learn best?
Just mention the periodic table and my daughter bursts into song ‘Hydrogen, Helium…’
She has little if any interest in things scientific or mathematical. She hated maths at school and I recall a science teacher once reporting to me that she had fallen asleep during class. It was a race to see whether maths and science teachers gave up on her or she stopped trying first. She spent her final years at a school that specialized in the arts, where she focused on drama, theatre, art and music. These days, at 26, she is fluent in Spanish and runs a children’s arts and literacy foundation in Ecuador.
So how is it that she recalls the periodic tables fifteen years after learning them?
As part of a 6th grade performance, the music teacher set the elements to music. The catchy tune and the elements of the periodic table have stuck in my daughter’s head ever since.
What does this tell us about how learning works?
What does it tell us about the ‘one size fits all’ model of school?
What are your beliefs about learning?