Due to pre-conceived knowledge and learning our perceptions of ideas contributes to what and how we learn. An example of this in action can be shown through a simple activity of filling in the blanks:
The questions that p________ face as they raise ch________ from in_________ to adult are not easy to an _________. Both f______ and m________ can become concerned when health problems such as co_________ arise anytime after the e____ stage to later life. Experts recommend that young ch____ should have plenty of s________ and nutritious food for healthy growth. B___ and g____ should not share the same b______ or even be in the same r______. They may be afraid of the d_____.
When filling in the blanks your schemata influences your answers. My responses were mainly to do with children, however the passage is actually about poultry. This is an interesting and thought provoking activity. As a pre service teacher it has highlighted the importance of knowing how to teach something new to my students.
There have been many times over the last few years that I have gone to teach something new to students or my own children and really had to think hard about how they are going to learn it. How do we respond to students and children that simply don’t get what seems so obvious to us?
I think that RohannWatson has said it simply but effectively in the last paragraph of her blog that through continual checking for understanding through questioning and reflection is so important to ensuring students are not being left behind.