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Learning as a social activity:
How did you learn to speak? You might have repeated the words that your parents constantly repeated, or observed the way your parents talked and you started imitating them. So your environment and the people that you interacted with playing a significant role in you learning to speak. This is what we mean when we
say that learning is a social activity.
When our learning is intimately associated with our connection with other human beings - our teachers, our peers, our family it becomes a social activity. What this means is that when we involve others in our learning process through our interaction with them it becomes a social activity. Scientists believe that learning as a social activity is one of the best pedagogic strategies that can be used in a classroom to help students to learn better. Let us see how this ‘social activity’ would look like in a classroom.
While teaching math concepts, Mrs. Vani introduces the topic of subtraction during a role play in class between students, where they act as a shopkeeper giving the right amount of change back to the customer by using subtraction operation. She also teaches the concept of angles to her students during a game of basketball as a way to show how the angle at which the ball is thrown determines its falls into the hoop. Since these social activities are applicable in the student’s daily lives during their interactions with
other people they would be able to remember and understand the concepts better.
Role of a teacher:
1. A teacher needs to provide an authentic learning situation for the students to understand better. What this means, as we have seen in the example before, is that a teacher needs to teach by connecting the concepts to real situations that the students come across in their daily lives.
2. She should give homework that connects the learning at school to the children's lives at home.
3. She engages her learners in a number of group activities such as group discussions, group projects, role plays, etc. and
4. A teacher should give clear explanations that help with the student’s conceptual understanding.
By making learning a social activity in a classroom the students will be able to:
1. Learn from each other and support each other in the learning process.
2. Ask as many questions as possible both inside and outside the class.
3. actively interact with other learners in group work participate better in class.
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