Now that I understand that learning consists of many techniques I can develop this idea further to consider how this is affected by individual perception. Perception is a factor in learning that can make it engaging, difficult or even easier. In this blog post I will be considering; What is perception? How can I use perception to increase engagement? What skills come with learning in a perceptive way?
To begin with perception can be described in two ways; being aware of things through physical senses and also by a belief or opinion (Dictionary.cambridge.org, 2016). Within my classroom I hope to consider both. I want to understand the way the physical environment helps stimulate learning and also how the pupils perceive and are engaged with the learning. Perception is personal to the individual as no one can perceive what they can perceive. From a rhizomatric viewpoint, perception can be used to expand and contradict ideas and learning, causing more branches to form and more experiences to be drawn upon to prove and disprove ideas.
Using perception tricks while teaching causes a sense of disbelief and wonder. It gets children to investigate and ask how. It also increases their attention to keep the lesson fresh and engaging. For example, if I was to tell my pupils that I was going to tell one lie in the next hour and if correctly guessed a prize would be given (Wheeler, 2016). The children will undoubtedly focus their attention on me for the full hour, waiting to catch me out, unaware that the lie that I told was that I was going to lie.
There are many skills used in perceptive learning including thinking outside the box, problem solving and creativity. Children should be pushed to evolve these desirable skills as they can be moulded for use across the curriculum and throughout life.
I have been set a task, the task is to design an imaginary seminar room for the use of BEd Primary Education students. I will be looking into how to create a powerful learning space with the lectures and seminars I have attended.
Dictionary.cambridge.org, (2016). perception Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary. [online] Available at: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/perception [Accessed 8 Feb. 2016].
Wheeler, S. (2016). Perception.