Motivation to take learning back home.

Author – Vaishnavi Deepak

Learning is an ongoing process. It is something that follows its master everywhere. Whether it is homework, preparing for an assignment or studying for an exam, it is not a practice that is limited to confined spaces.

The existing education system has a conventional view towards learning, more like a horse’s blinker. Restricting learning to the four walls of a classroom is a common mistake that teachers and parents make while nurturing students and children who are born learners. While the classroom is the primary source of instruction, it is vital that – intellectual, social and academic growth extend outside the walls of the classroom.

The concept of ‘home assignments’ was first thought of, to inculcate the discipline of putting time into one’s craft in young children. However, today it is a stale concept as it has been veiled as a punishment and hence, has lost its primary goal.

There is a pressing need to re-evaluate ‘outside-the-classroom’ learning practices and find a secret potion to motivate young talented students to take up these learning practices.

We, at ThinkTac, have you covered as we present to you, the top three tricks that will help today’s academicians and parents master the art of ensuring learning is taken back home.

Here goes:

  • Make efforts to create a reading environment:

Every space that students surround themselves with, should be conducive to learning. And reading is a habit that is not time or space-bound.

Read to your child frequently. Have your child read aloud. Create a family reading time/room where everyone focuses on reading for at least 20 minutes a day.

Fill your classroom and home with reading materials (novels, posters, newspapers, magazines, etc.) to create an atmosphere of reading, that will indicate the importance of reading to your child (or students).

Make sure the demarcated area is quiet, comfortable and free from distractions. Try to experiment with different study areas. 

  • Combine fun and learning at home:

Most children look forward to returning home from school,  as it allows them to indulge in activities that help them unwind/relax. It would do the children a world of good if their recreational hobbies were integrated with academic ideas to help them grasp concepts better.

Think “science experiment” and you might have visions of a chemistry lab explosion. Fear not! You don’t have to turn your kitchen into a blast zone to teach science. There are plentiful DIY experiments and models on our website that can be done in the comfort of one’s home, yet making sure that they engage the learner’s grey cells.

You could also devise simple games that could be swapped for idle pastimes. Adapt the game for school-age children to cover anatomy, world government, foreign language, and history, etc. What you choose to teach with this game is only limited by your imagination.

  • Encourage conversations and active learning:

Conversations and interactions at home can help develop a positive attitude towards learning and build confidence in themselves as learners. 

Children who haven’t learned to listen carefully often have trouble following directions and paying attention in class. Children need active learning just as much as quiet learning.

Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests. It can also take place when they play sports, spend time with friends, play a musical instrument or visit museums and bookstores.

To promote active learning, listen to their ideas and respond to them. Let them jump in with questions and opinions when you read or learn something new together. When this type of give-and-take at home is encouraged, it incentivizes them to take their academics back home.

Turning every day into a learning day may be too much, but it really isn’t, if you go about it the right way.  Do take note that not everything has to feel like a classroom lesson. Get young kids excited about discovering something new by using these tips and motivating them to take their learning back home, willingly and energetically.

As Simone Weil rightly said, “The joy of learning must be as indispensable in study as breathing is in running.”

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We All Have a Puppeteer

Before I disclose who your puppeteer is, I want you to play a game.

No, it’s not you. 😉

You have to stare into your friend’s eyes and whoever blinks first will lose.

With this, one thing is clear,you are not the puppeteer of your own body because you have to try so hard to not blink, despite being the master of your voluntary movements!

Who is the master?

It’s your brain!!

Yes, you have to be grateful to your brain for making you remember where your best friend lives or the dreams that you have when you are asleep, or not being in charge of how often you blink.

via GIPHY

Isn’t it amazing that your brain knows when you are asleep and doesn’t disturb you by making you constantly blink your eyes; or know when you are awake, hence not bothering you to start dreaming?

To sum it up, intelligence, creativity, emotion, and memory are a few of the many things governed by the brain.

Of course, the main factor to be thankful for is that we are alive because of it.

Strings Attached

Now we are going to make a brain model of our own.

The model will make it fun for you to understand the main parts-or-strings- that make us puppets, think innovative things and function in our day to day lives.

Protected within the skull,the brain is composed of the cerebrum,cerebellum, and brainstem.

The brain receives information through our five senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. 

Fun Fact: The adult brain weighs 1.5 kilograms(3.3 lbs), on average.

  1. Cerebrum: largest part of the brain. It allows you to move, touch, feel and see.
  2. Cerebellum: coordinates you to maintain postures, muscle movements and balance. It is behind all the amazing yogis and gymnasts that represent our country.
  3. Brainstem: includes the midbrain, pons, and medulla. It acts as a relay centre connecting the cerebrum and cerebellum to the spinal cord. It performs many automatic functions such as breathing, heart rate, body temperature, wake and sleep cycles, digestion, sneezing,coughing, vomiting, and swallowing.
  4. The 4 Lobes of the brain: frontal,temporal,parietal and occipital. Each lobe may be divided,once again, into areas that serve very specific functions.

i) Frontal Lobe

  • Personality,behaviour, emotions
  • Judgement, problem solving
  • Speech
  • Body movement
  • Intelligence, concentration, self-awareness

ii) Temporal Lobe

  • Memory
  • Hearing
  • Understanding language

iii) Parietal Lobe

  • Interprets words
  • languages
  • sense of touch
  • pain
  • Interprets signals from vision
  • hearing, sensory and memory

iv) Occipital Lobe

  • Interprets vision (colour, light, movement)

The brain is an organ that serves as the centre of the nervous system and is the most complex organ in the human body.  The brain is located in the head, close to the sensory organs, such as the eyes.

Now that we are coming towards the end, you may feel happy to realise that the process of understanding this blog was an example of yet another successful puppet show!

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