Let me ask you a question. Which of these do you think is the best way for children to learn anything:
A. Watch a video
B. Read a book
C. Having a teacher teach
D. Answer a worksheet
I have no way of knowing what you have in mind. But, the research shows that children learn when they think. We learn when we think from different directions. We learn when we evaluate an information and try to relate to it to our experiences.
A video is the most common mode of teaching these days. Everyone – school teachers, tuition teachers and even education companies - is using videos – live or recorded – to teach children. Teachers who know a subject well believe that if they somehow ‘teach’ their children with enthusiasm and the use of animation, maybe children will learn well.
If children watch a video without thinking, then they are not learning. In a research conducted by a researcher called Derek Mueller, he made a group of students watch a good physics video. After watching the video, the students reportedthat the video was concise and easy to understand. The students also believedthat they had understood the topic. WhenMueller asked them a set of MCQs, the students scored 6 out of 26 on an average.
Many children read a book and believe that they have understood. However, if children are reading a book, but not thinking while reading the words, then they are not learning. That is why good book shave questions at the end of the chapter. But most of those questions come too late (not during learning) and are not challenging enough. They can be answered easily by either applying a formula, a procedure learned during the chapter or can be found as that exact information within the chapter.
Watching a teacher teach has the same problem. For all you know, children are blankly looking at a teacher while thinking of something else. I hope you get the drift.