More Content Doesn't Mean More Learning

By Donald Spellman posted 02-24-2019 22:53

  

As a teacher, you can’t expect your students to learn new information if they don’t understand the basics of a subject. Simply providing them with more content won’t make them more knowledgeable. Instead, it will most likely result in a lack of motivation on their side, as they’ll struggle to understand the lectures. You may feel some pressure when it comes to deciding exactly what you’re going to teach your students. After all, if you do only a bit of research at home, you’ll surely find a lot of interesting stuff you can present to the class.

However, more content usually won’t lead to more learning. There are always a few students who are well above average and can handle anything you throw at them, but most won’t be able to catch up. Therefore, the only way you can ensure your students will learn more is if you find new ways to present the content. One thing that you should avoid doing is trimming content, as this can do more harm than good.

The problem is that teachers realize each student learns at their own pace. However, they don’t choose to do anything about it. In some cases, they might even be oblivious to the fact that there are other ways to help their students learn more. Keep in mind that just because your students have mostly learned just how to cite specific information and facts doesn’t mean that you should continue this practice. Instead, focus on how they can understand the ideas behind the content. This will make each topic more memorable and you’ll see your students more interested in your subject and motivated to continue learning.

A great way to get your students to learn more is to use something each and every one of them is familiar with – technology. Know that this doesn’t mean that you can solve problems just by using digital devices in class, but rather find interesting technology that will make your subject easier to understand. For example, let’s say that you’re teaching a course on accounting and that most of your students are struggling to understand the basic ideas and principles of this profession.

The thing is these students are most likely struggling with the content for different reasons. Some may be struggling simply because they are shy and don’t engage enough. One of the best ways to solve this problem is to work through online learning systems. This way, each student will engage in the content and learn through quizzes and interactive courses. Certain companies like Surgent take it even one step further by offering courses made using adaptive learning algorithms. This means that the way the content is displayed is different for each person. Basically, each student has their own personalized course that will turn their weak areas into strengths and help them reduce study time.

With every new generation of teachers there need to be some changes in order for students to learn more effectively. While there are still a lot of people in this profession who just repeat the information in the lectures, some are finding great ways to provide their students with assistance in navigating the waters in a sea of information. It’s worth mentioning that all of your students will be researching everything online since they won’t be able to rely on textbooks alone, so it’s important to teach them how to evaluate different sources of information.

You should be more concerned with how to get your students to learn this new information instead of thinking about what to teach. On top of that, they need to understand how they can apply their newfound knowledge. By figuring out the practical application of what they know, your students will become motivated to learn more. Many teachers think of themselves only as content experts, which they definitely are. But to be good in your profession, you’ll need to be more than that. Namely, you will have to be an excellent content curator as well.

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