What are your teaching strategies?
For the teachers who have been teaching for years, how do you handle your students and stir their interest by increasing their participation on class discussions?
I think the strategies always shift with the particular class. As the saying goes, we don't teach math/English/science etc. we teach students. Therefore, the strategies will change based on the dynamic of the class.
I've had classes that worked really well in small groups...so I might begin a discussion in a small group before transitioning to a whole class discussion.
I've had other classes that were very active, so the best strategy was to get them up, out of their seats, and encourage them to move around the room. In this case, they might move to one side of the room or the other based on whether they agreed or disagreed to a question, or they might move from station to station to do a different activity.
Other classes have been more "cerebral" and independent. In this case, I let them brainstorm questions that become the basis of our discussion, or we incorporate Socratic seminars.
Essentially, what works for one class is not always right for another.
My teaching style would depend on my student's learning style. Sometimes it's difficult to have a fixed teaching strategy when different groups of students learn differently.
Well, well, well; I am so sick of "hearing" this term called learning style. It is hogwash! We do not have learning styles. Our brains pick up and hang onto information/data through our senses and subseqquently by association with what is already up in our grey matter. We bipeds all have (for the most part, there are exceptions; blind students, deaf students...) the same senses and in humans our primary sense for most is sight/vision.
Now to the question at hand; to stir their interest and increase participation present whatever you wish to present, in a multisensory immersion and use the Modern Socratic Method to stir their contemplation; thus, resulting in meaningful discussion. I wrote a hub that relates to this. Here is the URL...
Thanks for providing the link. I have read the REVELATION on effective teaching. That would be a good source of information for the teachers.
You bring up an interesting point, connorj. I haven’t read the book you cite, so I can’t speak as intelligently on the subject as I’d like, (though, I will certainly check it out; it looks interesting!) it may be important to remember that, even as
Thank you, Aisha I am hoping more teachers become aware and read about it...
Well i am not a teacher, but as one of the disruptive kids at school i guess it could be of some help.
You need to have a passion, so for example if your teaching kids about history you need to have a passion for what your saying, it needs to be real, if you find what your saying boring then their is no way the kids will enjoy it, they will sense your bored and play up, so make it fun for you, and then the kids will follow.
Teachers who make learning fun have allot less hassle from the children, they dont disrupt the lessons because they are having fun, they are engaged.
We had two different teachers for one subject, some job share thing, one made it boring, one made it fun, the boring one was always complaining about us and the one who made it fun, said she didn't know what all the fuss is about, when she was defending our class and she meant it, because she only saw the good side of our class because we were interested and engaged, and not the im so bored side, which can only lead to bad things.
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