As young adults pursue their careers, they often don’t have time to read for pleasure. But more importantly, they believe reading fiction is frivolous, whereas reading non-fiction has value. Non-fiction and textbooks obviously have value, but listen to this video:
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In the previous post from this miniseries (Pt. 2: Reading Comp Approaches for Teachers—How to Bring Back the Enjoyment of Reading), I discussed a growing trend among youth: they dislike reading books because of the “bad experiences” they had with novel studies in school. The two hallmarks cited were lack of relevance and too much menial work.
All subjects can be made interesting–even grammar, novel studies, and Shakespeare. Social Studies is hard to teach, but I’ve seen it done extremely well as well as poorly. Ditto math, English, and science. All can be taught in engaging, age-appropriate ways that are enjoyable and meaningful to the students. The key points to consider are relevance to our current world and brain development. If the students experience the curriculum rather than listening to it, they will internalize it.
Earn your students’ respect with these tips
- tie in to the real world they live in
- have expectations, but provide direction and information
- believe in them
- see the world through their eyes
- uncover the information they are missing
- use spontaneous teaching moments to give them what they need or want
In Pt. 4, I will discuss teaching science and the importance of exposing students to the concrete, physical world concurrently with the theory in their textbooks.