I was just reading through my student survey responses and thought I would share with you a point that I feel is relevant to this course.
When asked what they liked about my classes, many of my students stated that they enjoyed the fact that I take the time to write class notes up on the board (one going so far as saying that this made me “real old school”). Most pointed out that Science has a lot of vocabulary that needs to be learned, and said that they often struggle to actually remember the concepts associated with these words when they are presented to them digitally. Having to write down the notes, they said, made remembering a lot easier.
Given how easy using technology has become, I think we sometimes forget to leave it aside once in a while. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with sending out digital class notes and asking students to fill in the blanks as we go through them. I just believe that this needs to be done in moderation.
This type of teaching benefits the auditory learners in our classes. The more old school approach, writing notes on the board and asking kids to copy them down, benefits the others (the visuals and the kinesthetics). As teachers, we should be aware of the different learning styles in our classes and should cater to each of them whenever possible. This is especially true when trying to develop new language in our students. My student’s responses show that our kids want a bit more variety, so why not give it to them?