Although direct teaching is one of the most widely used teaching strategies, it has been criticized as ineffective and scorned as the teaching method chosen by teachers who are not prepared. However, I consider direct teaching a powerful teaching strategy that needs good preparation.
Teaching Methods, Tips & Strategies
At some point in every teacher’s career, you will discover a time where the tried and true teaching methods you have used successfully, sometimes, for years, no longer seem to work. This could be during a transition to a new school, a different grade, or even when the fall semester’s newest crop of students seems completely opposite of every class that came before.
Here you will find articles, tips and strategies from fellow educators who discuss the many methods they have used to motivate and inspire their students. From basic advice on keeping cool and keeping control of your classroom, to deeper discussions on the what, when and how of various methodologies, you will find information that will help you reach and teach your students.
Discussion is one of the most effective teaching strategies that encourage greater classroom participation. But discussion is best used only during certain situations. At the same time, discussion will not be successful if carried out incorrectly. How can a teacher effectively use discussion?
Questioning is not just an impulsive act on the part of the teacher. A single question can help students process the information they are learning, and come to conclusions on their own. Questioning is an art form, and not all questions are good questions.
Teaching is a demanding job. Teachers must meet numerous deadlines. Teachers must accomplish several objectives. Teachers must master the art of multitasking. In the face of so much responsibility, many teachers forget an important component of classroom instruction. It is called reflection
One of the newer concepts of effective teaching is reflection-in-action. That is, the teacher conducts reflection while teaching. Such reflection supposedly improves classroom instruction. How can teachers leverage this technique in class?
Allowing children to write about their personal experiences not only validates their topic choices, but also their life experiences. Here you will find one teacher’s personal journey from a teacher to a writer through the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Project.
Etic and Emic describe two different perspectives one can have in multicultural counseling. A counselor can choose to look at things a certain way, or they can try combining the two perspectives.
Bibliotherapy can be used as a powerful tool to help teachers address social, emotional and behavioral problems, teach appropriate behavior, and build community. Choose appropriate bibliotherapy texts to help you use literature and help create a classroom community that values, respects, supports.
OK, it’s not actually real money, but it’s a great way to learn about currency and motivate your students to succeed in the classroom.
The reading age or readability of a piece of text is easy to measure. Making certain students have material that suits their reading age is important. Material that is too hard to read is frustrating, while material that is too easy does not build skills.
Too much to do and too little time? Maybe you’re doing something wrong? Take this time management advice: start managing time before it manages you.
Children enter our schools motivated and excited to learn. It’s only after teachers start “motivating” them that they typically become unmotivated to learn.
I have a picture. It shows an entire class of 30 students with their heads down. I took it my first year teaching for reasons I no longer recall. I look at it occasionally to remind myself how boring school is. It reminds me to get students involved.