How difficult subjects can be turned into extracurriculars to engage students more?
Difficult subjects rattle students in their everyday life, and it gets worse over time. For students, difficult subjects are like monsters that do not spare them even during their sleep. And knowingly or unknowingly, teachers contribute to this problem. Many of them tend to stick to one particular approach their entire career even if it is not the most effective approach and even if there are opportunities to change to a better one. Since nothing is ever done, the monstrosity of the subject increases over time.
The result - students turn a blind eye, a deaf ear and a closed mind to such subjects. And any chance of getting them to do well in these subjects is lost for now and the future.
However, there is a way out. While, core subjects like English, Maths, Science, Computer, etc., can be daunting for many students, there is also an opportunity to overcome that. Rather than spending hours and hours of time in explaining topics the same old way, teachers can try teaching them like extracurriculars.
Extracurricular activities like sports, music, acting, dance, painting, etc., are pursued along with the normal curriculum. Students never say ‘No’ when it comes to participating in extracurriculars, primarily due to the fact that there is no study-specific aura around them. Or, that’s how a child perceives it.
But, there is study involved!
For instance, students learning guitar have to learn and understand various notes and chords, which are as difficult as learning arithmetical formulas. But, the reason students never run away from this type of learning is because they do not consider it as such.
Probably because there is more physical activity involved or it looks more like fun, which is missing when they are learning maths or science. In addition to that, the real pressure from parents and teachers to do better is comparatively less.
How subjects can be transformed into extracurriculars?
Extracurriculars engage students! So, if you would like to see the same kind of involvement from your child in core subjects, simply find a way to transform the subjects into extracurriculars.
Here are some options you can consider :
Turn English classes into theatre
English plays and stories from your child’s textbooks can be easily adapted into theatre plays where students can role play the characters. From moral stories to Shakespearean plays, teachers can indulge students of any class and teach literature this way.
Devise new games for science topics
Design puzzle games for various biology topics such as skeleton, body organs, flora and fauna, etc. Same can be done for the other science subjects. While they put together different pieces of the puzzle, they will get to learn the topics in general.
Incorporate Maths and Statistics in business games
Divide a class of students into different groups. Each team can find or build products that they can sell to the other team members. Ask them to set prices for each products and you can divide some play money among them. As they start playing, they will be solving arithmetic problems at every step without having to undergo the vigorous stress that they undergo when solving them as homework. Simply like a Monopoly game!
Once students practiced this, it will be easier for them to grasp things when teachers get back to their usual classroom training.
Extracurriculars + Core Subjects = Instant Learning
The combination of extracurriculars and core subjects is the key to instant learning. In addition to that, it is something that every child needs as well as deserves. Schools and teachers must invest time and research in figuring out interesting ways of teaching if they want students to engage more and more with core subjects. While we listed out a few options, any effort put towards finding more such avenues is worth it’s weight in gold. And teachers as well as parents must make it a top-priority if the student shows any sign of being intimidated by a particular subject.