Jennifer J C Thompson nee CoetzeeHow do we resolve the functional and instructional dilemma in teaching direction to groups of Grade R-7 learners given the directional challenge that the...

Jennifer J C Thompson nee Coetzee

How do we resolve the functional and instructional dilemma in teaching direction to groups of Grade R-7 learners given the directional challenge that the educator infacing the group presents the opposite to expressions / expectations/indications uttered as either Right or Left; Front or Back ; North/South/East/West

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embizze | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I run into this problem fairly often -- for instance when teaching slope, I want to impress upon the students that if the slope is positive, the graph gets higher as you scan from right to left. I found myself gesturing from left to right; but it was my left, so the students were seeing right-to-left motion.

Now I often write in "stage direction" into my notes -- reminders that, in theatrical terms, house left=stage right. This way I remember to reverse the directions so the students see a consistent message.

I do not encounter the same problem with direction (i.e. North, South, East, and West) as all in the room will agree.

 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One good way to teach direction is to label things. Label the walls and desks with north, south, east and west. You can put stickers on the students' hands or fingernails with l for left and r for right. You can also play games, like Simon Says and Mother May I? with directions.
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jenniferjcthompson | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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In reply to #3: Good morning Embizze and thank you.One gets to twisting one's tongue and the quandry becomes a tiresome nuisance where the learners' sniggering becomes mutual hunour or difficulties with managing discipline.My concerns are truly that because this is a common occurence many continue to experience difficulties into adulthood.I suppose there is merit in 'rote learning', association, replication, repetition and use as with multiplication tables and scientific formulae. With respect to N,S,E,W: these are generally taught as a unit.The latter might not be that prevailent or evident with the vertical application and instruction but matters related to L and R apply to E and W as indicated.I If one were to consider levels of interpretation: the latter would certainly be an obstacle to learning that requires and adds an additional level of cognitive activity to the learner's activity of learning, a level that might not be achieved by many except that in order to clarify their quandry or difficulties with interpretation, formulation and insight we explain the abstacle of direction to them.I hope that I am not belabouring the point.I merely intended to indicate a prevailence, thank you.
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jenniferjcthompson | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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One good way to teach direction is to label things. Label the walls and desks with north, south, east and west. You can put stickers on the students' hands or fingernails with l for left and r for right. You can also play games, like Simon Says and Mother May I? with directions.

Good day litteacher8 Of course I agree that the methods of instruction you advise are perfect:graphic, tactile, visual, audio,conceptual,actual. Associated tools common to the environment are useful especially if detectable advancement of these exist to the awareness of the learners. An additional process of inclusive discussions of such advancements with other related objects and aspects are mechanisms that would ensure adequate and prompt insight, setting to memory and enduring learning. I have to acknowledge though that irrespective of these advanced forms of instruction learners continue to be confused about directions because the position of the instructors are opposite except when instruction happens to one learner at a computer or electronic tool.

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Jennifer

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