How to Get Children Interested in Those Subjects Perceived as Uninteresting
Having grown up learning mostly theoretically and abstractly, I grew to dislike certain subjects. Now as an educationalist, I can see myself through most of the children who struggle to learn, and tell you that they dislike certain subjects or lessons. My duty and society’s is to support every child we can to overcome this learning trauma. Over the years, I have used certain skills to support some of these children and the success rate has been very good. I would therefore like to recommend that parents, carers and professionals use some of the following skills to help children enjoy subjects they tend to shy away from.
Listen to the reason why the child does not like that subject or particular lesson. Please be patient and do not compare children.
- Find out what in particular triggers the “put off”.
- Observe the child’s interests and ask the child questions on areas of interests.
- Use those areas of interests to introduce that uninteresting subject or lesson.
- Create an atmosphere for an easy two-way communication. Make the lesson very interactive and allow the child to do most of the thinking and if possible talking.
- Create a scenario that is more practical. Move from concrete or real situations to the abstract concept. This helps easy understanding and the child can easily relate to the abstractness of the topic or lesson.
- Always start a lesson on a lighter note. This could be done by getting the child to talk about their day, week, weekend etc.
- See teaching as a forum for interaction. Use lots of practical life related examples.
- Let the atmosphere be one that makes the child a problem-solver. Give the child enough time to think and praise the child’s response during the lesson.
- When mistakes are made, the child hesitates or is not sure, encourage the child with words like; you have done well, you tried and I know you can come up with more ideas, etc.
- You can also scaffold the child by leading the child to the right answers (working together but making the child take the lead at some point).
- Remember to always praise, praise and praise again.
About the Author:
Patricia Osobase (B.ED, MILR, MA) is a highly proficient and supportive educationist. Her main goal is to ensure that every child and individual she comes in contact with is able to achieve their maximum potential. Patricia has a first degree in English Education from the University of Benin, Nigeria and Masters in Special and Inclusive Education from Roehampton University, London. In addition, Patricia also has Masters in Industrial and Labour Relations from Delta State University, Nigeria. She holds an International Diploma in Early Childhood Studies from the Montessori Centre International, London and a Diploma in Psychology from DCA London. Patricia was a directress at Rainbow Montessori School, London for over six years where she rose to become the deputy manager of the Sherriff road nursery and Special and Education Needs Co-ordinator for the four schools. Presently, she is one of the pioneer parent trainers for the new government programme called CAN Parenting. She also lectures part time at the Rainbow Montessori Teachers College, London. Patricia has recently set up an educational organisation called Happy Achievers Limited which engages in training and working with children. Before joining the educational profession, Patricia worked in the banking industry in Nigeria in various managerial capacities. Patricia is blessed with a lovely daughter.