What's Your Teaching Style?
Teaching styles are so important to be aware of as long as the profession is concerned. They are simply part of our personality and they highly determine our teaching practices inside the classroom. As a teacher, whether you know your teaching styles or not, you must be sure that you are already adopting one or more. What matters is how efficient your teaching is in the process of teaching and learning.
Let us see together some of the common teaching styles so that you can find out by yourself where you are standing.
To begin with, you may want to be an authoritative teacher which is a style that is formal and somewhat rigid. This is how it is viewed by many practitioners. It actually implies that you are the source of knowledge and your role is to pass on this knowledge to your students. As you are focused on the instruction of the content, students are supposed to listen and take notes while you are lecturing. Questions are rarely asked because they would disturb the course of learning. If you were to adopt this teaching style, students' relationships with you or with each other are not among your concerns.
If you are the type who wishes to stand a model for students, you may want to make it your style in teaching. In the classroom, you have to play the role of a demonstrator and students try to follow your examples. You may also need to coach and guide them in the process of their learning like helping them for instance master tasks and do exercise properly. But again you are at the center of focus while students are supposed to observe your demonstrations and do likewise. They must also take the model as such and practice it either in pairs or in groups.
Another style is the teacher as a facilitator where your role is to create situations for students to practice what was previously taught. The focus should go then to students because they are hereby at the center of learning. Your lessons therefore have to be done in groups so that students feel responsible for what is going on in the classroom. For example, they can seek knowledge from their peers, cooperate to do a task but this should be based on what they have already learnt from their teacher. However, by this teaching style, learning is eventually stress-free and more desirous by students.
At last but not least is taking up the delegator style of teaching. Your role here is to act as a consultant while you have beforehand delegated the tasks to students in order to accomplish by themselves. Learning takes place according to students' wishes and needs and so they are active participants. In the case of conducting projects for instance, you are referred to only when necessary and there should be almost no interference on your part. Thereby, students have complete freedom to meet and work together driven by their own motivation and desires and the teacher is rarely in the limelight.