Children learn best by doing

Can you think of something that you know how to do really well?

Perhaps you’re really good at baking pies, riding a bike, knitting socks, diagnosing illnesses, or building websites? How did you come to know that thing? What process did you go through to get that knowledge and understanding?

I ask this question because it’s food for thought as we raise and teach children. What do we hope our children will learn and how can we help them find that knowledge?

This quote was popularized by Benjamin Franklin, and is frequently used by educators as a framework for teaching.


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Kid Corner: What Makes a Good Teacher?

I’m sure you’ve thought about what makes a good teacher, but have you ever asked a child what he or she thinks makes a good teacher? I love it when my readers share questions with me, and this one came from Rachel Schuette, who was looking for input for a teaching course she’s taking: What…

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  1. says

    Those are the things that are built into your body: you know them so well, you’re not even aware that you know them – like walking or talking. A really beautiful quote!