When students are engaged and motivated, they achieve higher levels of cognition, make connections, and experience “aha” moments. Such learning comes not from quiet classrooms and directed lectures, but from classrooms with an atmosphere of exuberant discovery (Kohn, 2004).
Making learning fun is a sure way we get our kids at KJDS to remember information. Fun means engagement, doing and learning what has meaning and purpose, and it means being challenged.
When students are engaged and having fun they turn on their effective information processing and long term memory storage and the information is retained.
Our teachers teach content by making up songs, doing creative hands-on projects, learning through activities done on the active board, and researching and learning on ipads. Our students are rarely sitting still…they are always actively learning. Click here to view one of our classes learning about Newton’s Laws!
Click here to read a great article on the value of fun in learning. (Comments and discussion that ensued are interesting as well.)
Ancient Jewish Wisdom: Talmudic Rabbi begins lesson with a joke!
The Talmud, Psachim 117A, relates how Rabbah would begin his classes with a humorous remark. “His students would laugh and after that, he sat in awe and commenced the lecture.” To stimulate his students’ senses, faculties and capture their attention he began his lesson with a humorous statement.