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Monday, October 18, 2010
Thoughts on TP
Now I know you all are thinking, "What in the world is TP ?" Those silly acronyms! Is it some new method of teaching, or a label for a little-known learning disorder, or maybe my thoughts on being "Tickled Pink"?
Well, I don't know about you but I can NEVER find paper when I need it. One day I wanted to write down a few thoughts pertaining to learning - I can't remember if they were my thoughts or someone else's - before they disappeared from my mind. These little snippets are very basic ideas but, very foundational in the ability (or inability) of students to learn. They are realizations relating to one's own experiences as teacher, as well as, learner.
SO here are my "Thoughts on Toilet Paper" concerning basic learning principles. Yes, I finally found some paper! In the bathroom! Desperate measures for desperate times. LOL!
1. To help students learn something you should first understand what they already know
2. Showing students how to do something is better than telling them, and letting them do it is best of all
3. Do not show or tell too much at once, since learners digest new ideas slowly and should feel secure with new skills or knowledge before acquiring more
4. It is necessary to give your pupils as much time as they need or want to absorb what you have shown or told them
5. Instead of testing their understanding with questions, let them show how much or little they understand by the questions they ask you
6. Do not get impatient or angry when learners do not understand, frightening them only blocks learning