What is the volume of your budgie?

November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Sometimes there are people in life who are destined to be teachers – they just have that ability to engage with students and really help them to absorb information! And it’s amazing how many weird and wonderful methods they use!

My boss has been in the teaching profession for over 40 years. His teaching style is mad to say the least! And it doesn’t work for every child. However, for the majority of children, a wacky approach has led to some excellent results from the children he teaches. So here are a few of his methods that maybe you can modify!!

– get the children to take their mum’s heart rate, then mum has to do an embarrassing two laps of the crowded office and have their heart rate taken again. This makes for a good graph!

– make sure they look up every bizarre animal they come up against on google images . . . Remember that boys like the gruesome pictures! This is a vocabulary building exercise!

– ask each student to find out the volume of their pet no matter how oddly they look at you when you ask the volume of their budgie!

– most important of all, jump up and down and shout “hooray” when they grasp a concept!

Okay, so maybe this approach isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but the principles are the same: engaging the student’s interest is the key. And maybe sometimes they need a little bit of oddity to help them remember a concept!

Make Learning Fun!

November 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Let’s face it, getting children to do their homework can be hard enough, let alone trying to help them learn with you at home! Often, children can find plenty of other activities to distract them at home and often it can be a frustrating experience.

The problem is that the idea of “learning” with Mum or Dad just isn’t appealing! So instead, why not make it “playing” with numbers?! There are so many games and activities available online for children of all ages. For younger children, there are magnetic numbers, chalk boards, play money, colourful clocks and lots of other learning based toys available. If your child is struggling with learning money, why not try a toy cash till so they can pretend to be the shopkeeper. Tiddlywinks is a great game for helping learn number skills . . . whilst having lots of fun! Number bingo is excellent for helping with times tables.

The fact is, learning isn’t always about homework and worksheets. While worksheets are important learning tools, try to mix in a little fun . . . It will make teaching your child so much easier!

For some great online games, try the Woodlands Junior Maths Zone then back it up with a worksheet from Maths Star!

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