This-essay is a7807291.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %STUDENT READINESS-1 780729 Student readiness is the primary prerequisite to student learning. It is futile to try to teach a student material which the student is not ready to learn. There are many aspects to student readiness---lack of readiness with regards to any one aspect may undermine learning. Thus, to be helpful to a student the teacher must be sensitive to all aspects of student readiness---and take timely initiatives to facilitate preparation for learning as regards those aspects of readiness which are still missing. It is futile to try to teach a student theoretical explanations for phenomena which the student has in no way experienced. Adequate sensory experiences are a prerequisite to learning the explanations of the phenomena. Inventories of students' science-relevant experiences may help science teachers be better aware of students' readiness. It is rather futile to try to teach a student concepts which build upon other concepts with which the student is not familiar and/or not at ease. Students need opportunities to become familiar with and to learn to be at ease with foundation concepts---before they are asked to learn higher level concepts which build upon the foundation concepts. There is more needed than just the ability to pass a memory test. It is as much an affective/emotional matter---as it is an intellectual matter. Developmental stages exist in affective/emotional growth, just as in intellectual growth. A student who is not emotionally ready to progress to a new learning task---is just as blocked as one who is not experientially or intellectually ready. Symbolization may either heighten or mystify consciousness. Student readiness involves readiness to deal with new symbols to heighten consciousness. Lack of readiness results in mystification. The student needs to feel comfortable with the new symbols, rather than threatened by them. The symbols must be defined in ways which are non-threatening to the students. It is futile to try to teach a new symbol unless the student is ready (both intellectually and emotionally) to deal with it. Unsolicited advice is usually unheeded. Unsolicited answers are rarely learned. Further, unless a student is at least implicitly already asking a question, the student will be unlikely to internalize any other persons' formulation of the question, much less any answer to it. Curiosity must be alive before a student is ready to learn. Nurturing curiosity is thus an essential part of teaching; promoting student readiness. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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