“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin
This quotation by Benjamin Franklin is true, since we learn best by doing. I know from experience with knitting. I can watch others tell me the steps involved, but until I attempt the stitches myself I don’t fully learn it. The same is true in the classroom. Students can be told numerous times how to solve a problem, but until they’ve had hands on experience and performed themselves they won’t fully learn the concept to its highest potential. Whether students are given math supplies or cooperate with peers solving math problems, involvement must take place for learning to occur.
Ah, it’s that time of year when school supplies still look brand new. There will be pencils sharpened with their eraser and no teeth marks, glue pours without poking a hole, scissors cut smoothly, lunch boxes smell mildew free, and students can identify their belongs with their name tags that haven’t worn off yet. It’s a clean slate for all. Any trips to the principal’s office last year are erased, since it’s a brand new start. Hopefully, students don’t visit the principal until at least the third week after everything ‘adjusts’. There’s apprehension and excitement with both the teacher and students. Teachers pray this year will be the year they will boast their class and not lose more hair. And both teachers and students look sadly at the calendar as it turns from August to September. Summer is over.