Some subjects are too difficult to comprehend in layman’s terms. Approaching them from a different angle will help better break down the material.
Teachers and parents alike have so much responsibility. They help shape the lives and futures of the youth in terms of education. So, when it comes to subjects that give them pause, it’s always a good idea to brainstorm new tactics. Some children learn differently than others, but you want to always ensure they grasp the basics of specific topics. Here are some effective ways to teach difficult subjects.
Conduct Preparation Assignments
Try building up to the subject before taking it head-on. For difficult topics, there are usually smaller assignments teachers can pass out leading up to the bigger assignment. Survey and point out the key components of the topic. From there, develop assignments and worksheets for your students.
Try and get them to master those key areas first before moving forward. When it comes time to handle the bigger subjects, they will be able to identify the key components. When they get stuck in certain areas, refer to the previous assignments for a more simplistic view.
Address the Elephant
Sometimes students shy away from harder topics because they don’t want to admit the difficulty they have trying to understand them. Remove that fear and hesitation completely. Address the elephant in the room and discuss the complexities of the subject.
It’s important for students to know that the topic is hard to grasp for everyone and not just them. Discuss the sections you predict will be the most difficult and ask your students to express their concerns. Knowing exactly what generates uncertainty makes it easier for you to brainstorm the best ways to eliminate that trouble.
Plan a Project
It’s not all about worksheets. Reading up on the topic, taking notes, doing homework, and conducting exams is the standard way to teach a subject. But when it comes to difficult subjects, you’ll need to approach things from a different angle.
Working on projects is a great way to get students more engaged in these subjects. For example, some students thrive studying physics, and others don’t. Luckily, there are plenty of projects to help them conquer the topic. Consider having the class build a balsa wood bridge and judge which design is the best. Provide them with some incentives to further motivate them to master the topic.
Connect With Reality
Sometimes students won’t engage in certain subjects because they don’t see the benefits of learning them. Making a connection to real-world situations will improve their interest. When you can make a direct connection to reality, they’ll feel more compelled to learn the subject.
Doing this will also make them more excited about their future. They’ll start to develop a plan for their life. The excitement they feel is even further motivation for them to master these different concepts.
Difficult subjects don’t have to be the bane of every student and teacher’s existence. There are always simple and effective ways to teach and tackle them.
Emilie St. John is a freelance journalist who appears weekly in the Los Angeles Wave newspaper and can be reached at email@example.com.