Hands on VS Hands off learning

The American school system is infamous for struggling to get students engaged with their work. In response to this, teachers have attempted to help students be more engaged with lessons by introducing hands-on learning into the classroom.

 This is especially common in science classes, as it’s far easier to make learning engaging within those spaces. In Fact, science is the perfect class to employ hands-on learning as science requires experimentation and observation by nature. “It allows my brain to understand the activity better,” said junior Natalie Puente. 

Hands-on learning environments also ensure that students will be engaged with the lesson and as a result will retain far more of said lessons. “When writing people just write without thinking, they don’t engage” said senior Savannah selbrede. 

 Of course, not all classes are created equal, some classes such as math, or reading are a bit harder to make engaging. Though this isn’t for a lack of trying. English and math teachers tend to be just as if not more engaged with their students than science teachers, but by nature math and English require more introspection and patience. 

In a perfect world every class would be able to employ some kind of hands-on activity but of course things don’t always work out. Consider the fact that some students may not be interested in learning. “If you make it interesting, they are going to pay attention. Although some people dont wanna learn regardless of the teaching being good or bad.” said junior Gustavo Assis de Souzo. Even still Hands-on learning is the ideal form of learning among students and isn’t going anywhere any time soon.