If one were to travel across the world, visiting classrooms across the globe – they would notice the great variety in the structure of classrooms and the way students learn in their unique classroom spaces.
Today, the world of learning and education is peppered with new techniques and technologies that are transforming the way students learn and imbibe new information.
Let us look at a few new terms that are fast becoming the buzzwords in education and understand the ways you can incorporate them into your teaching methodology:
Many educators often use the words mentor and coach is the same way. However, there is a world of a difference between the two. While a coach is basically concerned with taking the learner towards a goal, a mentor is more concerned about the overall development of the learner.
In the classroom scenario, the teacher can assign a mentor (student or teacher) to a struggling student for support and guidance. The mentor would be responsible for developing a long-term relationship with the student through regular interactions to ensure that the students gain the requisite skills, perspective and experience. It is one of the most effective ways to ensure the development of the student in a scenario where the teacher is unable to assure one-on-one attention to the students due to a larger classroom size.
There are many benefits to mentoring as a teaching tool such as an increased academic confidence, empowered students as well as improved communication, social, personal and studying skills.
In the world of education, modelling is defined as imitating behaviour in a classroom procedure. It is also called observational learning and, is an effective way of teaching. The teacher as the head of the classroom and the subject matter expert demonstrates a new technique or learning method of the students who they observe method and learn by imitation.
In the classroom scenario, modelling is a lot more than the teacher doing and the students watching. It is a slow progression, where over a period of time the teacher is doing lesser while the students are involved in the thinking, the doing and all aspects of the process. At the most basic level reading aloud to children provides the perfect example of how modelling the phonetic sounds can help young students to improve their reading skills. This is also one of the best teaching strategies to introduce new technology into the classroom, especially for STEM projects.
There are many benefits to modelling as a teaching method from improved confidence to better accuracy with learning.
3. Ongoing Workshops
Ongoing workshops are one of the best ways to create a stimulating learning environment to help the students grasp concepts in a better way. For instance, when learning new maths and science terms, a few students may lag behind in the classroom, unable to comprehend what is being taught. In this scenario, the various ongoing workshops organised by the teachers is a great way to provide concentrated doses of the new concepts in a way that will help the student learn. It is a quick way to promote mastery of a subject.
Not only are these ongoing workshops exciting to the students, but it helps them to get the on-one-one time and space to get their queries resolved and learn more about the topics that are confusing them.
4. Special Courses
Similar to ongoing workshops, special courses are a great way to promote mastery of a subject. It is a great tool to use with students who show a special skill or talent is a particular subject or even in a sport in the school. By encouraging the student to sign up for the special courses that provide higher level guidance and subject mastery, the student can work on his special skills. He also feels recognised and encouraged by the teaching authorities of his school.
For instance, in the classroom, if a student is showing a special aptitude towards computers and technology, by signing him up for special courses, the teachers can encourage his aptitude and help him better his skills
Special courses can also be used for students on the other end of the learning spectrum, who are struggling with particular subjects. By offering them special courses you can help them get on par with the other students in the classroom and feel up-to-date with all that the teacher is teaching them.
Students can choose from a variety of ongoing courses, to help them get a better grasp on the subjects. Instead of spending time and effort on travelling to attend a special course, they can simply get online and attend these courses from the comfort and the convenience of their homes.
5. Structured observation
Mostly used in the psychology, structured observation is also known as a systematic observation. It is a form of data collection where the researchers collect the data by watching the subjects from afar and ensuring that there is no direct involvement between them.
In the classroom scenario, structured observation allows for a third-person to enter the classroom and observe the teacher-student interaction. Using this method, the observers can understand the structure of the instruction process, he can see which of the methods appeal to the students and which of the students are unable to connect with the teacher and their teaching methods.
Using the data collected, there can then be structural changes made in the classroom. The observer is also free to give the teachers feedback on their teaching methods and new recommendations can be made on how to improve the class learning.
In conclusion, today, for the students to learn effectively, it is important to eliminate the traditional, outdated teaching practices and introduce new student-centric methods that allow the classroom to operate on the principles of collaboration, conversation an technology integration. Methods such as those mentioned above keep the students engaged, excited and help them to learn better.