Since each student is different and has different needs an abilities it is important for a teacher to use several different teaching strategies in the classroom. Each strategy will benefit every student and help the class run more efficiently so that the teacher can focus on educating and the students on learning. These five strategies begin with focusing on meaningful content and end with parent involvement.
1. Focus on meaningful content and activities: This is the most important strategy of all because the content of lessons and activities is where the teacher grabs the student's interest. If the content of the lessons have no meaning then kids will tune it out.. This strategy works well for all types of learners.
2. Providing ample practice and careful corrections: It is important to practice, practice, practice, and to correct mistakes. Many assignments require a lot of repetition for retention. Once the students have practiced, it is beneficial to correct mistakes right away, when possible, so that students know what they got right and where they need to improve and study. Correcting mistakes is also one of the best ways to retain information. When people discover the right answers through correcting mistakes they think about the content at a deeper level which promotes retention.
3. Actively involving learners: It is very beneficial to have students occasionally grade their tests as a group. This strategy saves the teacher a lot of time grading papers and also lets the students be involved in their own education.
4. Holding high expectations for all learners: Kids will live up to what is expected of them. A teacher can be very nice but yet expect the students each to do their own personal best, not everyone else’s best, but their own. The teacher must not accept any less. If students are held to high standards they try harder. The teacher must let the students know that he or she has faith in them even when they mess up. In expecting high expectations the teacher must make sure criticism is constructive and positive.
5. Creating roles in the classroom for family members: It is important to provide activities that include and involve family members. These can simply be activities during holiday parties or asking parents for assistance when larger projects are being implemented. Invite family members on field trips as chaperones and have evening events such as an ice cream social. Family members who are included and involved in the fun stuff tend to become involved in academics and are more active in their child’s education. Even if they do not become more involved in the academics, the involvement during the fun times benefits the children by showing that their family members care.
Applying these five strategies to the classroom benefits all students by providing them with a caring and interesting environment to learn in.
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