Now, there is something we really need to address and change in our nations schools, the balance of teaching and learning.
I was talking today to my aunt Kendra who has raised two magnificent well-behaved boys. I asked her how they were doing in school and she told me how Ethan, 9, was having some learning difficulties.
“He’s always spacing and not paying attention to the teacher” she explained. It brought me to thinking about when I was in 1st grade, how I too was very spacy and was told so by a teacher who claimed I had ADD and anorexia. Both were untrue she was just a nutcase.
Looking at my school and how kids’ are organized: the AP kids, the Honors kids, the regular kids, and the lower level learning kids, but what if that’s the wrong way to organize kids in school? What if we classified them more like this: kids who learn by reading and listening, kids who learn by demonstration, kids who learn by writing, kids who learn by doing, or kids who learn by a mentor. Couldn’t that work?
Looking at my situation, I learn by writing and doing. When a teacher tries to demonstrate something to me and expects me to listen, I attempt to focus, but my curious mind wanders into dreaming about zombies, aliens, romance and the meaning of life itself. I can’t help it. The teachers whose classes I do well in, teach by having us take notes or work with them to solve problems and answer questions. More one on one and somewhat intimate with us in the classroom. They befriend us. The teachers whose classes I do poorly in teach by reading over a powerpoint or a section in our textbooks and drawing on a whiteboard. They usually teach us as though were significantly underneath them and as though we were 5th graders.
This fault in our learning systems needs to be addressed. I’ve seen so many kids, with so much potential, that are simply doing poorly, because they aren’t being taught in the way they were born to learn.
It is not learning how to learn it is teaching kids in the way they were born to learn. I learn differently than both of my parents, this is not a genetic thing. I learn differently than friends that I grew up with, this is not a trait learned from peers. This is the way my brain was developed to accept things and analyze information.