Real, multisensory experiences vs. virtual experiences

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Real, multisensory experiences vs. virtual experiences

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One very interesting thing I discovered when doing brain studies is the fact that we think of ourselves as sophisticated, modern beings when in fact our brains are no different than brains in humans who lived 10,000 years ago. Simply put, evolution doesn't happen that quickly. We may be surrounded with iPads and smartphones, but we are made to respond to natural things. This is even more important for children who are still in an important part of their development.

If possible, it is ideal for young students to learn using real things. It is nice to see art on an iPad computer screen, but it is even better to go to a museum and see the real thing. Lessons where children have the experience of focusing on their five senses and learning how to describe what they encounter are also valuable. A popular lesson at BIG BOW English Lab is where students sniff small containers and try to match them up, talk about whether it smells good or bad, and then guess what they are. (The containers have vinegar, cinnamon, coffee, and vanilla in them.) Another lesson is on the history of chocolate and how chocolate is made, concluding with a tasting of fair trade chocolate where students have to describe how it tastes and feels in their mouths.

Sense of smell lesson Sense of smell lesson 2

I felt inspired to write this blog post after reading a news article about how pre-schools in Japan are now promoting the use of iPads in the classroom. While I am not against children using technology, there are many first grade teachers these days who complain children come to school with underdeveloped hand muscles. Many speculate this is due to them using touch screens too much and not using crayons or scissors enough. Young children need to use their hands to grasp real world objects, not only to build up the muscles in their hands, but also to learn about the world around them.

 

 

LESLEY ITO

LESLEY ITO(レスリー いとう)

アメリカ、フロリダ州出身。両親の仕事の都合で生まれはイギリス。1992年、大学卒業後来日。日本での経験を活かしてアメリカで就職をするまでの1年の予定で帰国予定だったのが、結婚を機に日本で永住を決断。以後、英語指導法に関する研究や発表を重ね、その功績が認められイギリスの大手出版会社から世界の著名指導者のひとりとしてケンブリッジに招待を受ける。
著者として指導書や英語多読用リーダーなど数多くの英語教育関連書籍を執筆し、ドバイでは2015年に多読用リーダーで国際文学最優秀賞を受賞。
現在では、大学での講義やCLILレッスンの講演活動を日本全国で行っている。

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