Learning is something that all of us face in our day-to-day lives. It is throughout education, household tasks, work, but also, in multiple stages of our lives. Learning is throughout childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. One of the most crucially important stages of learning takes place in adolescence. Looking back at personal experience of being a teenager in school, I remember how difficult it was to be engaged in class and have the motivation to do so. Just ask anyone if they too had difficult times with these factors in school. They would probably say yes and be in agreement. It is important to find how learning can be enjoyable for adolescents enrolled in education. To find out what is enjoyable in adolescent learning is detrimental in providing a strong pathway of success to lead to their future. It is also important to know where the adolescents’ interests are to better pinpoint the education that applies directly to their lives.
Showing a teacher’s perspective of learning in adolescence, narrows things down on an effective scale. Teachers above anyone, are the lifeblood of the classroom and are greatly responsible for making an engaging yet informative classroom experience. So, what does that entail? What is enjoyable for adolescents in learning?
A blog post that had been looked into titled “8th Grade: Strategies to Keep Students Attentive During Class” written by The Room 241 Team, shows effective methods from a teachers’ perspective. The Room 241 Team encourages the beginning of class to start off with a warm-up exercise. Having a warm-up period allows students to re-examine what they had learned the day before and gets them ready to learn new material. This strategy improves student understanding being that what was learned the day prior is many times connected to what is being taught the day of. Personally, this is a great way to start class. It gets your brain thinking and the gears start turning. Interacting with students is also important. If there’s no interaction amongst the students, they might day-dream. The Room 241 Team states that an explanation of a concept directed to the class using a problem or scenario, can get them interested in the lesson. Asking students to explain what had just been taught by describing concepts in their own words can be more relatable to the student. A lesson can’t be all in one go either. A big lesson should be broken down into smaller steps. If the lecture is too long, the students may lose interest. With that being said, probably the most important would be lessons designed in targeting a sensory motor experience. Having lessons like these, always keeps the students interested. The introduction of touch, smell, emotion, and music into the lesson makes the students more attentive to learn. The addition of a sensory motor experience to help the students solve problems and answer questions, not only focuses their learning, but also helps to build the complex neuron connections within the brain.
To conclude, learning is something that all of us face in our day-to-day lives. It is throughout multiple stages of life including the most important stage, adolescence. Adolescence is a time in life where fun and games seem more important than education. With that being said, having awareness on how adolescents find learning enjoyable can better prepare them for their pathway to success, their future. It is a crucial time in life. From personal experience, I too struggled with motivation and wanting to be in school. Looking back, I wish that I would have put more effort in but the bottomline is, we are all in that same boat or most of us. That has been turned around. Being in the stage of adulthood, learning is fun and enjoyable. So, what makes learning enjoyable in adults? The quest continues…