The conventional teaching-learning system only focuses on a typical classroom set-up wherein the teacher discusses in front of the class in a typical captain of the ship scenario. However, this conventional type of learning has far gone away because of the advanced way of learning and teaching.
In addition, the advancement of the generation also leads children to seek other ways of teaching and learning. Among the things that have been very popular is the use of desktop computers, laptops, CD’s, tablets and even gaming devices for learning.
Children now cannot go without these gadgets so teachers should make conscious efforts to keep up to the interest of children in order to improve their learning capabilities. Nevertheless, other not so new technologies are still essential in the teaching and learning process since the facets of learning has not changed. People still need visual, auditory, kinesthetic (movements), olfactory (sense of smell) and other dimensions in order to learn.
In this line, there are a lot of teaching and learning tools that have helped children before and still continuously being used to stimulate the learning process. Among these include:
Books are basic to learning. All children had experienced reading books in school and at home. Books stimulate the imagination of people and also contain information about certain things. Books have been continuously evolving from the old print books, graphic books and now the e-books. Regardless of the form of the book you use, these are still one of the essential things for learning.
Games are also excellent ways to undertake teaching and learning. When children join games, they learn things such as competition, tactics or techniques and even spatial abilities. Games utilize the audio, visual and kinesthetic aspects of learning making them one of the best ways to learn. In fact, children learn best through playing than any other type of learning techniques.
Songs are also being used until now especially in teaching children. Songs usually have meanings that children need to interpret; hence making them comprehend more. In addition, songs stimulate the auditory functioning of the child. Songs are always present among preschools because these are one of the best ways to teach the younger ones.
The television is also a good learning tool provided that the TV program caters to the needs and interests of children and they do not offer age-inappropriate themes. The television stimulates the visual and auditory functioning of the child. TV programs also provide children with appropriate lessons in life. We have to acknowledge that children are the most active age groups so they also need interesting learning strategies and one of which is the use of the television.
- Role Playing
Children love role playing because this is their way of acting out the things that they learn and want to achieve. Role playing also allows children to be more interactive and considerate of other people’s need of attention.
- Abstract learning
All the above things tend to be figurative, and children also need abstract learning to stimulate their critical thinking abilities. Abstract learning that children may have includes use of puzzles, game boards, word games, and other IQ boosters.
Aside from these tools, the classroom set-up of learning has also evolved from the captain of the ship arrangement to a more participative environment. Teachers now begin to incorporate themselves to the children and not someone who has the best and sole knowledge inside the classroom. The more participative design of classrooms allows children to be more interactive and assertive.
Learning is an ongoing process, so it is essential to apply tools that will maximize the learning potentials of children.