Many of us grew up learning by rote.
It was one of the most popular teaching methods used many years ago.
However, it has fallen out of fashion somewhat in today’s modern schools.
This is a shame as learning something by rote can really improve a child’s ability to recall the information they have learned.
What is learning by rote?
To learn something by rote is to repeat it so often your remember it. If this repetition is done in conjunction with a song, it works even better.
While, rote learning doesn’t allow a child to develop a deeper meaning of a subject or extend their understanding by putting the information into practise it can, however, be very useful.
What are some examples of learning by rote?
Learning the Alphabet and counting are examples of how significant learning by rote can be. Others that are more complicated are learning the times tables or spelling words or chemical symbols.
Many children often find themselves going back to these techniques when required to pull the information deep out of their brain and use them.
Regardless, there are many opponents to teaching by rote.
Critics explain that rote learning doesn’t encourage interaction or social skills in the classroom. Another issue is that it’s boring and students will lose focus easily.
However, rote learning still has its place. It is useful to use when a student needs to learn the facts and the order of those facts.
I still sing the Alphabet when I’m recalling the order of the letters. My ability to recall times tables equation is excellent too because I learnt them by rote (well, not bad for an English teacher).
What do you remember learning by rote?