- Children depend upon adults for instruction in their physical, psychological and life skills support. When learning, they expect to be directed by adults.
- Children believe that one of their major roles in life is to learn from adults.
- Children learn quickly.
- Children are open to new information and will
readily adjust their views.
- For the most part, children learn what they are told to learn.
- Children filter very little of what they are taught. If an adult tells them, they will
most likely accept it as fact.
- Children believe learning is important if adults tell them it is important.
- Children usually learn in groups of others that are much like them – same age, same educational level, similar socio-economic groups, similar belief systems.
- Children's readiness to learn is linked to both academic development and biological development.
- Children can be externally motivated by the promise of good grades, praise from parents and/or teachers.
- Children have less well-formed sets of expectations in terms of formal learning experiences. Their "filter" of past experience is smaller than that of adults.
Telling children that they CAN do something is often a prescription for success. In turn, telling them they cannot do something often convinces them that they can’t.
Questions to Ponder:
- When teaching children, how important is it to be clear and careful with facts being presented?
- How important is it to be positive and encouraging?
- How essential is it to realize the influence you have in a child’s learning process?
- What can you do to be the most valuable instructor of children?
- How does your instructional style fit with the Learning Pyramid?