Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Teaching and Learning Part 1

How to make learning fun?!
Our lesson on 12 Oct was through play. Why play?

Lev Vygotsky suggests that there is an ability level that children can reach but not without help from adults, which he refer to the zone of proximal development. Through play, it gives us cues about their readiness to learn new skills with assistance.

The game, Salute reinforces math facts namely addition or multiplication. Could imagine the children would find it fun like I did. The excitement when you race to figure out which number you are holding. From 3 players we increased to 4 players. That increases the difficulty of the game.

It is amazing that with just a deck of cards and simple rules and instructions, children learn to think abstractly and independently.