Exploring Different Teaching Strategies
Regions, schools and individual teachers use a variety of teaching strategies to deliver the best learning experience for their students. With so many available, it can be difficult to decide which method will best suit your class, so in this article we’re providing an overview of what a few of the most popular types involve.
Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (TEEP)
TEEP is a framework that is widely used thanks to its clear outline and strong focus on improving outcomes. Designed around continual development for the teacher and the enhancement of the learning community, it promotes a collaborative culture that can be used from a single classroom all the way through the entire school.
Areas covered in the programme are the thought processes behind learning, the effective use of ICT, accelerated learning, and many other techniques that will motivate, inspire and support children in their daily education.
Teacher-Centred Approach to Learning
The teacher is at the heart of the classroom and the students’ learning journey, so this method acknowledges that teachers are crucial authority figures who do everything they can to nurture the acquisition of knowledge.
Various roles can be adopted by the teacher, including Formal Authority (traditional classroom management and an emphasis on rules and goals), Expert (a guiding hand that helps learners to transform from “empty vessels” to well-rounded individuals), and Personal Model (leading by example).
Student-Centred Approach to Learning
Similar to the above, the teacher assumes the role of the authority figure. However, rather than them being the primary means of information conveyance, with this approach the students play an equally active role in the learning process.
For instance, the teacher can be a Facilitator (whereby the teacher-student relationship is paramount and learning is a shared activity), Delegator (the teacher uses a more passive system of instruction, with students encouraged to take control over their learning), and again, Personal Model (though this time the students are given increased ownership over their tasks).
An innovative strategy, flipped learning inverts the traditional format of a classroom so that students are introduced to the learning materials beforehand. The classroom session is then dedicated to helping them to further understand the subject matter through problem-solving tasks, in-depth discussion and other exploratory activities.
This is a particularly interesting methodology, as it makes gameplay integral to the learning of information. By incorporating competitive exercises, fantasy elements, storytelling, a scoring system and the ability for an individual or group to win at the activity, students are engaged in an entirely unique way. This often leads to a more thorough memorisation of key information following an immersive and enjoyable learning experience.
What are your thoughts?
This list is by no means exhaustive, as teaching is a vocation that’s constantly evolving thanks to experimentation and a proactive mentality. Which type of teaching strategy do you find most effective? Let us know on your social media channels by tagging in #TeachYorkshire.
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