Why Is Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge?

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge” so said Albert Einstein http://blog.ampli.com/2012/03/albert-einstein-quotes-education-15-of.html Who is one of the most notable genius’ that ever lived. Learning is far more than teaching memorization and regurgitation. Learning begins with drawing from prior knowledge of the children and building on what they already know. Specifically when it comes to literacy and reading. Each individual in the class will know something different. Some will know more than others and this is ok. This is called the constructionist theory. Another important aspect of teaching literacy is understanding each individual child’s thought process or how their brain works. This is called metacognition. Combining these …show more content…
Likewise it is also immensely important for the teacher to find different ways for the students to show they know something and that they know what you the teacher is teaching. For instance a student in a first grade classroom is able to understand a story the teacher read aloud to the class. In an activity the student has trouble physically writing down the main ideas in the story, how ever when asked they can verbally affirm what they know and draw a picture. So therefore the child is able to comprehend the story. But who would know that if the teacher did not allow the child to draw a picture or verbally affirm it? This is all in how a child’s brain works. By allowing the child to draw a picture and then verbally asking them the same questions they are to write about confirms they know what they know. The next step is to find out a way for the child to document what they know. This can start with verbally recording what the child says and then having them write it down. Again this all is in relation to how the classroom is set up and confirms how important it is for the children to have assesses to the materials and resources they need to …show more content…
Children learn through curiosity and they are constantly adding to the information that they already know. John Greene describes it in his TED talk video as map making. Just as the early explorers made maps and added to them and as the students learn more from each other and from their teachers they are able to add to their maps. John Greene said, “ A community of learners is a community of people who are engaged together in the cartographic enterprise of trying to better understand and map the world around us.” Constructionism like with map making is about building on what the students already know like building blocks. By drawing on prior knowledge and allowing students to share their knowledge with each other it gives them confidence and an independence that has become rare in a classroom. Children have become subject to “assessment learning” such called because the teacher is expected to constantly assess their students. Therefore they teach to the

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