Emily Gunton

Why learning with children’s toys stacks up

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Accessing an older student’s inner child is one of the keys to overcoming their resistance to learning, believes Emily Gunton. She explains how breaking out the Mega Bloks helped her secondary music class to build confidence in the subject

Learning with children's toys stacks up

The two problems occurred at the same time: my students needed a new approach to learning music, and my son’s bedroom was in urgent need of decluttering. You might think there was no possible connection between the two, but you’d be wrong.

I like to make my lessons interactive and engaging. Having tried different strategies over the years, I have concluded that my lessons need to have three essential ingredients to achieve those aims:

  • Include an element of surprise.
  • Be entertaining.
  • Find the inner child in your students every once in a while.

When you have been teaching for a few ...

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