Research: Positivity versus Problem-solving & The Way Kids Learn Best
The ability to think in ways that don’t follow a pre-set path is critical for success in learning. Without knowing the why’s of how things happen, kids don’t begin to plan ahead—and as a result, can’t think creatively or effectively in solving problems. That’s why thinking in a logical, structured manner is essential, not only for school, but also for career prospects. According to this study, researchers report that students with a structured approach to learning achieve higher levels of achievement than those who don’t.
And it’s not just academic studies that support research on how to do things.
Students experience new opportunities when they try out new activities, rather than assuming that all will follow a certain road. Moving into new modes of learning gives a new focus to previous ones, and helps a child be more focused on pursuing a goal. Children who do this don’t rely on older children to lead them to success, as so many do in the classroom; they foster their own entrepreneurial ability and learning potential.
Being involved in a project outside the classroom—but one that is a bit less ordinary than standard academics—can do wonders for a child’s development. Research has found that kids who are involved in projects from the early ages experience increased concentration, improved attentiveness, greater persistence and increased interest in the future.
When kids are organized and motivated to participate in activities of their choice, their academic performance gets a big boost. Parents can help kids like this if they’re in school—and when they’re at home. For example, when the kids know they have a homework deadline, they’re more likely to do it—and do it well. As well, parents can encourage kids to dig in and do better.