Meaningful learning is a bit of a buzz word these days, and there are some pretty clear reasons why. In a world where children are leaving school not prepared for life, it has become clear that we need to get better at teaching kids.
Meaningful learning is a way to solve that problem, at least in part.
One of the basic foundations of meaningful learning is pattern recognition. Without it, children will struggle to see the connections between their material. MindFinity can help to teach your child how to recognize patterns in the world around them, including in real-life situations. For more information on MindFinity, please click here.
What Is Meaningful Learning?
Meaningful learning takes what children have already learned and allows them to apply it to new situations. It helps them to understand how all of the pieces of a concept fit together and make a whole. This is the type of learning that helps children once they become adults.
Mindful learning isn’t sitting there, getting lectured at. It is playing, moving, active learning that is constructive and allows children to be fully engaged in their lessons.
What Are The Goals Of Meaningful Learning?
Meaningful learning has two major goals and many, many small goals depending on the lesson. These two main goals are:
- Retention – students need to be able to remember the material at a later date.
- Transfer – students need to be able to use the knowledge that they’ve already learned to solve new problems.
This is different from the type of learning most students are exposed to now, which is basically “remember this until the test and then forget it,” except in rare instances.
Pros and Cons Of Meaningful Learning
Like any type of schooling or learning, there are some distinct advantages and disadvantages of meaningful learning. Meaningful learning helps to foster learning in kids of all levels by:
- Encouraging them to be an active part of their schooling process;
- Enabling them to understand a topic, not just remember test answers;
- Connecting the dots between previous topics and new information;
- Focusing on how the world fits together with pattern recognition and cause and effect.
Of course, there are some disadvantages to be aware of as well:
- Children are often hesitant to change to this type of learning;
- Teachers need to tailor their lessons to different types of learners;
- It can take a while to achieve meaningful instruction
It helps to start your child with meaningful learning at a young age. This will give them more of a foundation to build upon. It isn’t impossible with older learners, but it is a more difficult transition to make.
Can Meaningful Learning Serve All Children?
It can be very difficult to serve every single child in a classroom with every lesson, but this is something we have to try to do. Meaningful learning isn’t necessarily a way to structure a lesson, but rather an end goal of that lesson. It can be tailored to fit many different learning styles. The execution can look like a lecture with a slideshow presentation or it can look like an educational video game.
What you need to pay attention to is whether or not the topics your child learns build on each other or they can simply forget what they learned and move onto the next topic.
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