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Imagine a family being stranded in a desert due to a war situation. What do you think will primarily be on their minds? Finding food and water and making an appropriate shelter, the basic survival needs, will be their main preoccupation as well as protecting themselves from hostile forces. Keeping this in mind, let us look at Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
In this time of being a full-time student and attending classes at my local TAFE SA campus, I have come to the realisation that I just cannot for the life of me, sit still and listen to a lecture for an hour or more. After even just a short period of sitting, I become restless and start wriggling around in my seat, crossing and uncrossing my legs, rolling my head from side to side, back and forward and round in circles to exercise my neck, I partially stand
For students to remember and be able to retrieve the information you are covering it's essential that your lesson plans always include time for these: feedback, processing and repetition. If you don't include these 3 techniques your lessons are destined to be quickly forgotten. Ironically, as teachers are increasingly pressured to increase student achievement on test scores, the amount of time spent of these 3 kings of learning is lessening.
One of the best ways to make incremental progress during your other 8 hours is to learn. There are all sorts of newfangled websites that can teach you a thing or two -- some with nifty videos and others with PowerPoint presentations. Call me old school, but I think...
15 million school age children in the US have learning problems that public and private schools can't solve.
In evaluating the success of an educational program, our first inclination is to use our past experiences as a basis. Even better is to assess how successful our children are as a measuring tool.