The Value of Literature in Education

1106 WordsJun 25, 20185 Pages
As students circle around their teacher, ready to hear a story they may believe that they are getting out of work. What the students don’t realize is they are actually learning, just in an indirect way. This means going beyond the giant textbooks and moving into books students can connect with. Literature plays a dynamic role in the classroom from aiding learning in different subject areas, developing critical thinking skills and teaching moral lessons. Before I started taking my principles of elementary math class I never would have thought about the fact teachers use literature to aid learning in math. In my class, we examined the use of children’s picture books as a resource for students to see math in real life situations.…show more content…
All of the parts develop into a well-rounded critical thinker. Developing these skills not only helps with whatever career they choose the students will also be able to appeal to a wider range of employers. What is the moral of the story? This is a popular question I remember getting asked in many different classes growing up. Within stories, students learn life lessons that expand their horizons that they maybe wouldn’t have had the opportunity. By hearing a story they can realize the importance of brushing their teeth in a way that does not feel like another adult nagging them into doing something. The students want to hear from people they can connect with; and a book character is the perfect person to learn from. Students are able to look at the mistakes other people have made in the past or even the present. Literature offers many other ways students can learn from situations as well as showing them that someone else has gone through what they are going through. The biggest thing literature can do for a student is show them they are not alone. In many students lives, they have only seen the one way to deal with their problems that they learn from their families. This might lead to students to methods for dealing with problems and feel the need to turn to illegal activity to help them through situations. In the same way it expands students horizons for the options they have for what they will do with their lives. By reading books
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