In my experience as a nurse educator I see two main groups of students. Those who love to learn and want to soak up all of the education they can. They will read more than they have to, sometimes before they have to and education motivates them. The other kind of student is almost repelled when they hear the words "educate", "learn", "class" and "exam". You know the ones. You can spot them easily by the annoyed or stressed look on their faces and the repetitive eye rolling.
People don't realize that they are continuously learning. We learn from many sources outside of the classroom every day. We learn from other people, we learn from museums and television among a plethora of other places. Learning is not limited to the inside of the classroom.
I think the trick for those repelled by learning is to get them to learn without knowing that's what they're doing. They'll be less stressed and more likely to learn. That’s where educators have to become creative and where games can be so useful. Most everybody likes some kind of game. Television is full of different types of games and several are ranked high in the ratings. Many people play board games with families and friends. A lot of people go to Casinos to play games. So maybe for those who don't love the idea of learning we just need to hide the learning inside of some games. It’s kind of like hiding vegetables under a glop of melted cheese so your kids will eat them. They get all of the benefit without the constant battle. To me it’s a win win situation.
What do you think? Is concealing learning inside of games beneficial or deceitful?
This blog is part of my connect activity for my Instructional Strategies and Assessment Methods course.
I started this program with a passion for education. For most of my nursing career I have loved learning and sharing what I know with others. I learned about educating patients and staff on the job but the information I received was mainly informal bits and pieces scattered over several years. Like so many others I did not realize that education did not have to take place primarily in a traditional classroom setting. I had no clue that I was surrounded by learning opportunities every day, in so many places. What I have learned from this course has changed how I view the world. That might sound over the top but it's really true. I am more aware of what's around me now and I see learning possibilities everywhere. Here are just a few examples:
There are many more examples of ways to learn in the real world, outside of the typical instructor-led classroom. I challenge you to open your eyes and your ears and become aware of how and where you learn. Seize every opportunity to grow. Who knows, you may start to view the world in a new way too!
"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives." ~Clay P. Bedford