Read well to learn well; not just to pass the exam!

The decrease in reading habit of children is the main reason for the fall of standard among children now a days. Today we have more sources to gather information, but they are not streamlined. When a child searches the internet for gathering information about something, it is quite natural that he gets diverted easily by the multitude of search results and the attractive advertisements. Though there is a sea of information on the net, it is not easy to determine the ingenuity of the information by easy means. Similar is the case with other visual media like television where a large number of channels are beaming information. the information we require is not easily available as and when we need it.

Reading Girl

Such media other than the prescribed textbooks and reference books are to be used on a guided manner with the help of a teacher or mentor.

Reading a book has its own pleasure. Every book (I am not talking about guides) is designed to instill curiosity in the minds of the reader. Whether it be a book of fiction or something else, if the reader is not made curious, leaving some unanswered questions in the mind of the reader, the reader will lose interest. When a reader asks the questions which arose as a result of reading the book, a learning opportunity is created. A teacher should be creative to create as many such opportunities as possible in a class. A teacher may not be the one who answers all the questions and helps the students ion answering all the questions, but a great teacher creates as many questions in the minds of the children and they are motivated to find the answers. The students are to be trained to question all the answers (instead of silmpy answering all the questions)


Why read text books?

On surveying a number of students it was found that there are only a few who read textbooks prescribed in a regular manner. They are largely dependent on the notes dictated by the teacher and some guides available in the market.

This is certainly a bad practice. A textbook is published after years of research and hundreds of experienced teachers are involved in the design and publication of a text book. The text books are endorsed by the ruling governments too..

So, will you go for a guide which may probably be the creation of one or two or the textbook prescribed by the authorities?

200384501-002A text book has many other objectives other that transfer of knowledge.

A textbook often provides many incomplete information implicitly incorporated with the intention to instill curiosity in the minds of the reader. If a student doesn’t read the textbook, the purpose is defeated. The students are deprived of the opportunity to think differently.

Asking questions out of curiosity and finding the answers to them by exploration of nature is the natures way of learning.

So, instead of insisting the students to learn by-heart the notes given, encourage them to read each and every concept narrated in the text book and motivate them to ask questions. It is a fun experience trying to find out satisfactory answers to the curious questions asked by the intellectually active young boys and girls.


Dictate notes or Not

It is found that many teachers find pleasure in dictating notes sometimes even without teaching.

Is the notes so important?

What’s your opinion? Should the teachers teach and explain and demonstrate using best the available time or dictate notes which are prepared by her/him or someone else or copies from a guide?

Dictation can be done by anyone who knows reading. Dictating notes or even giving away abridged notes or even giving questions and answers are notes restricts the creativity of students. It is okay to give thought provoking questions. But let the students write the answers by using the best use of their brains.

Don’t give a fish to a hungry person, instead teach him how to fish — as the Cinese proverb goes.

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