5 Useful Teaching Strategies
It is essential that we try new teaching practices to add in the pedagogical bag of tricks. But it is important to focus on purpose and intentionality and not on quantity. So what really matters more than ‘always trying something new’ is the reason behind why we do what we do.
So what does the research say?
When a teacher starts a new chapter to study in class, she must clarify the purpose and learning goals, and provide all helpful suggestions on how students can be successful. It is ideal to also present models or examples to students so they can see what the end product looks like.
Discussions in the class
Teachers need to frequently step down the stage and start an entire class discussion. This allows students to learn from each other. It is also a great opportunity for teachers to formatively assess (through observation) how well students are grasping new content and concepts.
Feedback for all
Students won’t know they are learning without a consistent feedback being provided. Along with individual feedback (written or verbal), teachers need to provide whole-group feedback on patterns they see in the collective class' growth and areas of need. They also need opportunities to give feedback to the teacher on how he/she can adjust their teaching process accordingly.
To give effective and correct feedback, teachers need to assess frequently and routinely where students are in relation to the unit of study's learning goals or end product. Assessments can teach us a great deal about student’s learnings and difficulties they are facing.
Collaborating with Teachers
Great teachers are earnest learners. Spending some time with a colleague, or two or three, and talk about what each of these research-based, best classroom practices looks like in the classroom.
This article is inspired by and contains excerpts from Edutopia. Read the original article here.