I discovered that through the use of creative activities, there will be less teacher-led learning and more collaborative, peer-supported learning. For example, allowing children to work in a group environment, such as a group research assignment, encourages the students to work as a team and learn from each other. I agree that creative activities will increase learning. Students often learn through teaching their peers, as they are simultaneously explaining and reiterating to themselves, as they are explaining to one another. (McDevitt, Ormrod, Cupit, Chandler, & Aloa, 2013). I believe this will create positive results for the students, as through my personal learning experiences, I always found it was extremely helpful to learn in small groups. Often I learnt a lot from my peers, as we would think of different answers to one another, hence we broadened our learning and range of thinking.
I learnt that experimental activity allows students to discover how to make something work. (Howell, 2012). I now comprehend the importance of letting children experiment throughout their learning. For example, by allowing students to experiment with Microsoft Excel, they would be able to discover how to make the program work. This has taught me the importance of allowing students to teach themselves, as opposed to being instructed constantly.
I learnt that the main objective for primary teachers is to consolidate and build upon previous skills in order to develop digital fluency. (Howell, 2012). For example, word processing is one of the core basic skills students will continually use throughout their schooling. (Howell, 2012). We need to allow students to engage in purposeful activities to build upon their prior skills. I am thrilled I learnt how to incorporate these activities into lessons effortlessly, (for example, particular formatting required for assignments) as I feel it will make me a better teacher.
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