Of all the professions you could have chosen for your life’s work, you chose teaching. That makes you a special person. Elementary teachers have a hand in molding the minds of our future citizens. Secondary teachers have the challenging task of helping young people prepare for life beyond high school. What you do as an educator matters.
Teaching, like being a parent – especially when you’re a mom – can sometimes feel like a thankless job. Some teachers have the ideal situation where parents are encouraging and supportive, of both their kids and their kids’ instructors. If only all teachers had it like that. Too often, the norm is the scenario where teachers are wearing many hats at once as they juggle being referee, disciplinarian, babysitter, confidant and a few other roles while, at the same time, attempting to teach. No wonder it’s exhausting!
How many times have you said to a student, “Quit playing around!” or something similar? Sometimes playing around is good and it can be the better way to get a lesson embedded in a student’s mind. Technology uses games to teach all types of lessons, and there seems to be an even better, unplugged way to use games and puzzles for learning.
Engage, Explore, and Show are the three main ideas in the Embody Learning model. In our recent posts we talked about engagement and exploration. Now it’s time for students to show the knowledge they have gained. Showing what they have discovered through their learning process reveals how well they understand the material. For some students it may also be a big step in moving out of their comfort zone, which is essential in gaining new knowledge! Collaboration skills and building trust enables individuals to take risks, and students leading groups or presenting content.
People are fond of the old saying, “Knowledge is power!” Makes you want to go right out and rake in all the knowledge you can get your hands on. The truth is, knowledge is only knowledge until you put it to work. As an educator you have a wealth of knowledge to impart to your students. Yet, if you’ve been at this teaching game awhile you may be a little jaded.
The Embody Learning model is built around three key areas: Engage, Explore, Show. Using these three concepts in your lessons helps your students at all skill levels grow and learn. Let’s look first at Engagement. No doubt you’ve taken what you may consider to be more than your share of classes to get where you are today. Think back to those classes where you were not engaged at all.
The Embody Learning model uses three main ideas to help students learn: Engage, Explore, and Show. Today we are going to explore the second idea: Explore. Who doesn’t like to explore? Whether it’s a new hobby, a new place, or a new way of doing things, we are curious creatures and from the time we leave the womb, one of the things we love to do is explore.
There is no “one size fits all” method for learning things, as research has shown. People learn through different modalities, at different speeds, and depending on the subject, the same lesson will impart different messages. Additionally, the teacher has an important role in how and if students learn. A teacher’s body language and demeanor have an impact on students.