posted on Aug, 5 2006 @ 01:58 PM
What we know about the way people learn, is that some people learn best through audio presentation, some through visuals and still others may have
another way they learn best. We also know that a person learns best when they've been exposed to the material more than once, and preferably in a
variety of media several times. All of this would mean that lecturing, showing films, having discussions, etc. for the same material would produce
better results for the students to learn.
My husband was a teacher at the country's top public high school for 20 years. He taught biology. He would do his frog imitations (hilarious, the
kids loved it), he lectured, he showed films, had the kids doing experiments, took them outside to explore, used various props for his lectures and a
variety of other techniques to teach his students. He felt that some things were best learned from a film or pictures. For example, how could you ever
possibly describe with words, the beauty of an ocean floor teeming with coral reefs, tropical fish, etc.? It's much better if you have a video to
show them, then they can appreciate the beauty of this world and appreciate it, thereby inspiring them to find ways to help protect our environment.
Besides, no one can listen to straight talking for a long time without becoming bored. It's good to teach in a variety of ways, it keeps the kids
alert and interested. Some things are better seen than heard. My husband must have been doing something right, as he has been in Who's Who 6 or 7
times, was voted Best Science Teacher of California, and his kids adore(d) him. He's still in touch with some of them.