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LEARNING SHOULD BE FUN

As adults, we may have been conditioned to believe that education and a serious face are inseparable. After all, learning how to get serious is a key part of growing up; right? Or so we are told. Yet, it has been proven again and again that the more fun even adults have at something, the easier they are likely to find doing it and the better they are likely to become at it. If that applies to adults, perhaps we need to review how we teach children and young adults.

Learning can be fun. Learning should be fun. We need a paradigm change. That someone is having fun at something shouldn’t mean that they are not learning or that they are unserious about their studies or work. Many people went through school without any inkling that learning does not have to be drudgery and uninteresting. For most, schooling was painful and something that they couldn’t wait to get away from. But if we make learning fun, there is no reason why anyone should want to run away from it.

  • The teacher ought to have fun teaching. How effective can a teacher, trainer or instructor be if they do not enjoy what they do? Do we really want to entrust the training of our children to people who do not enjoy teaching them?
  • The pupils and students ought to have fun learning. When they find their studies and classrooms fun, we will hardly ever have to chase them around and be able to spend our energies to more productive tasks and experiences. They will read and learn of their own accord more than ever.
  • At every tier of the educational system should be an air of fun. From the policy makers to administrators, the idea of learning being fun should be imprinted from the very start or else it won’t work.

Usually, we reserve learning as fun (or is it fun as learning now) for nursery and pre-school children. We expect that after that, learning should be sober and serious. While there is some sense in which that is true, what happens usually is that we squeeze out all the fun from that point on. A grave mistake. Make leaning fun and watch as more knowledge goes round.

WHY SLEEP IS IMPORTANT TO LEARNING

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It is great to have a desire to learn, and to dive into it whole-heartedly. It is good that we keep engaging our children, wards and students in better ways and with better tools for learning. Here are a few facts about the relationship between sleep and learning:

  • sleep is important to the growth and proper development of not just the body but the mind
  • sleep affects our co-ordination, and sleep-deprived people tend to be clumsier
  • sleep affects our ability to concentrate
  • sleep affects our ability to remember details

In summary, sleep is essential to the proper growth and development of the body as a whole – including the mind and our nervous system. This makes it an important factor in learning.

Depending on age, different people have different minimum sleep requirements necessary for healthy development and optimum performance.

  • Children between the ages of 5 and 11 need 10-11 hours of sleep a night
  • Children between the ages of 11 and 18 need 8.5-10 hours of sleep a night
  • Adults of 18 and above need at least 8 hours of sleep every night

The above age ranges and figures are not hard-coded but recommendations. We live in an age in which getting the minimum recommended amount of sleep gets to be underrated as something that is for weaklings and lazy people. Yet, it has been proven that the quality and quantity of sleep that we get are directly related to our mental sharpness, which directly impacts our ability to absorb and process information, as well as develop new skills.

Sleep matters.