Connecting the Dots in Teaching Techniques and Brain Development

Gladice Cheung OCT Oct 8, 2021

We know that brain development in children varies depending on their age.  Some children start to learn at a young age, while other children might take longer or learn more slowly.  There are mainly two types of teaching methods used to educate children: a teacher-centered approach and child-centered approach.  Within each are various techniques employed to teach children and help them learn best.

  1. Place-Based Learning: This learning approach is particularly effective in the early years as it allows children to connect their learning to communities and the world around them.  Children will learn from their surroundings, such as other people, photos, weather, toys, etc.  Physical placement has a significant influence on children's literacy, so it can be very effective to educate children in surroundings where they can see their lessons in action. 

  2. Visualization Learning: Showing images, videos and visuals to students help them create visual pictures in their minds to better understand concepts, which further allows them to remember what they are learning longer.  Students can gain mathematical skills by creating interesting illustrations on various topics and activities.  This is one reason abacus learning is so effective: it gives students a solid, tangible visual representation of what they are learning.

  3. Student-Led Classroom: This method helps students gain confidence and leave their comfort zone, while giving them the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings with other children. Student-led learning is helpful to virtual learning as it creates a less institutionalized environment.  This teaching technique gives students the chance to become a teacher and to educate their peers.  In most cases, students learn better, absorb more material this way and it also acts as a form of revision for them.  For example, in math there are different ways to solve problems; when each student shows their solution to the problem, it helps other students to understand different ways and choose the method they understand best. 

  4. Game-Based Learning: This technique is useful for all age groups as it helps children with their social-emotional growth.  As a teaching technique, game-based learning helps children with active learning.  The games are chosen and planned to enhance thinking and learning.  Some helpful game-based learning websites that will benefit your child include Kahoot, Gimkit, Quizlet, Plickers and so much more!  This technique is mostly focused on practicing and getting students to participate rather than formal grading.  Children like this teaching technique because they are actively involved in games and it is a much more engaging way to learn new and useful information.  

Using the right teaching techniques for each age group is important because children learn differently at various stages of their life.  By tailoring the teaching technique to their age, you can help students learn more effectively and efficiently. 


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