Cossondra George, a veteran math and special ed teacher, writing for the Teaching Leaders Network in a July 19th posting, has suggested that teachers sometimes forget to help students learn how to learn. She recommends teachers guide students toward good learning practices.
All presentation professionals have experienced the challenge presented when students do not know how to learn. This Examiner experienced it when students were more interested in the movie Titanic than in learning.
George suggests vigilance against three pitfalls that prevent students from learning.
Inability to take useful notes
Show students different effective ways to take notes, including highlighting, tagging pages, and attention to headers and captions.
Not knowing how to study
Explain the importance of repetition and how to use flash cards, review games, and mnemonics to remember content.
Not comprehending the link between studying and learning success
Share the gains to be made through studying. Ask probing questions to help students develop study habits.
George concludes by suggesting that by teaching students how to learn teachers give students a lasting skill that will help them navigate their academic and professional lives.
This brief article does not pretend to share all of George’s tips. Nor should it. To read and learn more from the original posting, visit Teaching Secrets: Teaching Students How to Learn.