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The Art of Teaching Kids(And Crusty Old Codgers) By: Jeff Goodwin, Ph.D. State 4-H Director, CSU PowerPoint by: Kelly Fisk, M.A. WSU Kitsap County 4-H Youth Development Educator
ABC • ABC = Basics of any program • Ability of Balance with Challenge • Student = y-axis • Challenge = x-axis • Graph adapted from Lev Vygotsky, 1978, Mind in Society, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press
TSI • T – Tell me, I forget • S – Show me, I remember • I – Involve me, I understand
TSI, cont. • Have you ever attended a boring lecture? • More involved = more effective • SENSES = Learning Experiences
Focus • KIDS! • Adults – broad frame of reference • Incoming freshmen’s frame of mind • Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic. • They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up. • Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave. • They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. even is. • Their lifetime has always included AIDS. • The expression “you sound like a broken record” means nothing to them. • 1998 Beloit College, WI
Focus cont. • Even younger frame of mind • I’ve learned that if you spread the peas out on your plate it looks like you ate more – age 6 • I’ve learned that you should never jump out of a second story window using a sheet for a parachute – age 10 • I’ve learned that you can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk – age 7 • I’ve learned that when I wave at people in the country they stop what they are doing and wave back – age 9 • I’ve learned that girls sweat just as much as boys – age 11
TM • Any guesses? • T – Teachable • M – Moments • Setting trap – planned • POINT IS MADE!
TM cont. • What does this represent? • Allow kids to screw up! • Many life-long lessons learned are learned from mistakes.
Meaning of picture above? • “Leave them on a high point” • Don’t pull out the best at the beginning • If you pull out the best trick during the first 10 min., the last 50 min. will be BORING! • Conclude with best! • Leave them talking their way home and coming back for more.
De-brief • Dr. Goodwin’s story • Tremendous job teaching but failing to discuss • Teaching always needs a good conclusion and de-briefing
FUN!!! • No fun = not as effective • Realize full potential • You don’t want to be alone at your next meeting?