Re: Teaching Techniques
Robert M Lewis (science_guy@JUNO.COM)
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 14:10:03 PST
As a College student in the middle of a tough year, I think that George
made some great points about teaching/learning.
On Tue, 15 Apr 1997 10:25:09 -0600 George Crowl
> 3. Teaching-Learning. Many different techniques can be
>used. Lecture may be needed part of the time. Demonstrations
>are usually good, if appropriate. Some merit badges require some
>outside reading (be careful here, many boys don't read well). In
>a group, some boys who know parts of the badge can teach others
>who don't know it. Different boys may have different needs,
>which is more easily adapted to in smaller groups than larger
This is true. Most people cannot learn just from lecture.
Demmonstrations make the lecture more interesting, and can get the boys
> 4. Application. Boys (and adults too!) need to apply the
>skills before they really learn them. Give them adequate time to
>practice. How many Eagle Scouts have forgotten how to tie a
>particular knot because they haven't used it in years? Boys need
>practice, preferably over time. One of the reasons for
>dissatisfaction with summer camp merit badge factories is that
>the boys don't have enough application over time to "set" the
>knowledge or skill. But give them all you can.
He again makes some great points. Most people learn best by applying the
skill himself. Infact, the majority of the people learn best by teaching
the skill!! The reason for that is the person must think through the
whole process and thouroughly understand it to teach it.
> 5. Evaluation. Do the boys meet the standard? Do the boys
>themselves think they meet the standard? Evaluation by the boys
>can lead to further growth after the merit badge is completed.
Another great idea. If a boy doesn't feel like he earned the badge, did
he really earn it? I admit that I got a few badges I didn't earn. At
the time I was to young to really appriciate earning the badge. The
badges I worked at and really earned and pushed my self to above and
beyond, I really feel I accomplished something.
Thanks for the post George.
Robert M. Lewis
Sophmore BioChem major @ ithaca College
(very tough year)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City