Kids today are surrounded by electronic multi-media in many forms including; phones, computers, tablets and gaming devices.
They watch videos, stay in touch with their friends, constantly search the internet, follow their favourite YouTubers and keep abreast of current world events via instantaneous news feeds… all whilst playing a riveting computer game and talking on a headset to their friends. They are constantly switched on and constantly entertained.
Multi-tasking has become second nature and the world they live in is being coming faster and overall more entertaining.
I’m not saying this is right or wrong… It’s just the way it is.
So here’s a question for you; where does that leave learning to read and spell in their eyes?
In a nutshell their brains are changing and so are their expectations of what is a worthwhile educational pursuit.
I’m in my 40’s now, and it was only 30 or so years ago that we had one TV in our home, one car, one phone with a cable connected to the wall and nothing else except a book, a conversation around the dinner table or the encyclopedia to gather information from. Most of our new learning came from our parents or our teachers at school.
Well that’s certainly not the case for children today.
Teachers just can’t compete with the information age and the rise of technology that our children have experienced. It’s no wonder our children are losing interest in education. The education sector just can’t keep up. To sit still in a classroom of 25-30 students, behind a desk, listening to a ‘chalk and talk’ teacher is not working for them and it’s not a surprising really. Just ask them, kids find their school day
excruciatingly tedious and boring.
Our kids have little understanding of what was the norm for their parents and teacher’s generation. That’s how quickly things have changed. On top of that, they look at us in disbelief and get frustrated when we ask them to assist us to download a new song or access a new app from the internet. “Ohhhh mum,” they say…”You really don’t get it do you?”…
“Well no… that’s why I’m asking you… my darling child.” That last bit was said under my breath… with a touch of sarcasm.
So now we can see it from their point of view; the question for us as parents and educators is what do we do about it?
Next week we’re going to explore this further….and if you have some insight or ideas or know of some new learning strategies being used by innovative teachers to excite students please comment below and let me know.