So I’ve never written a blog before, but I’ll try my hardest. This is going to be about, not a specific lesson or school trip, but classroom activities in general. Out of a test and a practical lesson in Science, which one would you remember more: the boring, tedious, slightly scary task of filling out a paper about something you learned, or a fun practical lesson, that literally teaches you about practical uses of Science in general? Probably the latter, yeah? That’s because enjoyable things tend to stick with us more, and that’s why I’m talking about it. The enjoyable lessons in school, where you get up out of chairs, sometimes take your blazer or tie off, put on goggles that make you feel like a real professional, and play around with exploding bubbles?
Ok, so that’s my example. I thought about something in a lesson in school that I found enjoyable, inspiring or easy to learn from, and exploding bubbles pop to mind (pun not intended, I promise). The picture below is from early year 8, if I remember correctly. Early Year 8! That’s ages away, like a year and a half away from where I am. And why did I remember that particular lesson instead of lessons filled with writing and hand aches? Because it was fun. It was easier to remember, so the lesson itself stuck in my mind. Well, it was exciting anyway. I wasn’t standing with the class because I was scared. But the method still works. That lesson, as well as teaching me to never mention flammable bubbles around Miss Gilligan, taught me that it’s possible to inflame bubbles, delicate things of water and soap, if you put enough methane in it. It taught me methane is a greenhouse gas. It taught me it’s flammable, and other stuff like the fact you can hold a pillar of fire with methane and bubbles (NOT BORING AT ALL).
All in all, if you want to learn something that seems boring, think up some fun experiment related to it, and learn the heck out of it. And yes, I have used Science as an example, but it works for all lessons. Can’t be bothered to learn Macbeth in English? Put on a little play for the rest of your year, or your class, or your friends and family. Maths and number trees getting you down? Go find a real tree and stick pieces of numbered paper on it and take photos. Art can’t get boring, and neither can Music. History or Geography? Do a role-play pretending to be historic characters and use their speech patterns and appropriate language (I’d pay to watch Jack the Ripper fight Napoleon) or make a to-scale pop up map with poster paints. To learn something properly, you have to do something memorable that links everything like a giant lasso. If you already found a lesson valuable, then fab! If you don’t, then get to work MAKING it memorable and valuable. Think of a real life situation where it’d be needed, and act it out! Children usually learn if they have fun and experience it, and secondary school students are no different. Even if you’re in year 11, you could still get a newton metre and lift chairs up with it. That’s all from me this time. Bye!
-By Lauren Enderson