LOCKHART — We can learn as individuals and we can also learn as a group and some students at Lockhart School used the latter approach recently to begin learning the basics of math.
We use numbers all the time for such things as measuring out ingredients when we cook; knowing what channel our favorite TV show is on; checking our weight on a scale; measuring rainfall; and countless other things including most especially budgeting and keeping track of our money. So it’s important to gain an early understanding of numbers and their order and learn how to apply it to your every day life.
The students in Mrs. Shelley Vaughan’s 1st grade class are gaining that understanding by working together in the classroom. They are working together to learn about numbers and numerical order, lessons that will help them establish the intellectual foundation they need as they study math in the years ahead.
Learning on your own can be wonderful and you should never hesitate to study on your own so as to increase your knowledge, sharpen your intellect, and gain more skills that you can use throughout your life. At the same time, however, learning is also a collective thing, a coming together of individuals as group to learn and grow together. That’s what school is all about, a group of individuals (students) coming together to learn together under the guidance of another group of individuals (teachers) who have united for the purpose of teaching the first group.
Whether it’s learning about numbers and numerical order or some other subject, working together in the classroom is an indispensable part of learning that can help us develop the interest in learning that can and should continue beyond the classroom, beyond school, and throughout life.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.