Why The Right Strategy Matters.
When you are teaching, the strategy with which you teach matters. Sometimes we worry more about the curriculum and covering all the topics that need teaching too much, and forget that strategy is the most important thing.
The way you teach your students will influence how well they retain the information, no matter what information it is.
There are certain strategies that can help us better convey information to kids that will help them retain the information they need throughout their schooling.
Taughtup.com looks at different learning styles, understanding these will help you shape your strategy and be a pro at getting the information stuck in your students heads, even if it is a boring topic!
Understand Learning Styles.
Learning styles are really significant. Curriculums are shaped in a way that it can be hard for every child to learn at the same level. We are all different, and each child will have their own abilities, style of learning, and their brains will work differently.
Some children will retain information better by seeing it, hearing it, or doing it. Think back to your childhood, did you learn everything super well just by the teacher telling you the information?
Some of us learn best by saying information, or by visually seeing representations, or perhaps by acting out a scenario.
Understanding different learning styles can help you shape your classes so that every child, no matter what learning style they have, will all understand the information and retain it.
Using the visualization strategy takes on the learning style that needs ‘sight’. It can be good to use this to help process information you have taught, or even while teaching. Slide shows, movies, or getting the children to complete maps or diagrams of information can help them consume information clearly, especially for visual learners.
The learners can visualize the lesson in a systematic way. Oftentimes teachers take to using graphic organizers, flow charts, concept maps and so on.
#2. Student-Led Classes.
This is a new and creative way to encourage interactive learning. Switching up the roles can help children not only retain information better by teaching themselves, but it also helps with confidence.
This style can also bring a new perspective into class, and encourage social skills in a new way.
Students can team up, and take turns, or you can use other formulae for this, such as every week you draw a name from a hat to teach on Friday. You can also let the children cover topics you have taught to see how they teach, or let them teach a topic of their interest to encourage the pursuit of passions.
#3. Use Of Tech.
Technology is a big part of the modern world, so it is best to get the hang of it early on. It can also be very interactive. There are many online games for students, and many learning sites that use games to better assist with learning through interaction and fun.
When something is fun we tend to remember it better and technology can help with this, and these games can cover a wide range of topics!
Differentiating is the practice of allocating certain tasks based on student abilities. Originally the student learning system was built in a ‘one-shoe-fits-all’ kind of way, but this is not reality.
Some people are more logical, while others are more creative, and these two types of people will never perform equally in the same task. Differentiation is understanding this and allocating tasks to students based on their abilities.
Doing this ensures no one gets left behind. Giving assignments to individual students based on their skills can help them challenge themselves more, and improve. It also helps to assist students who are struggling too.
#5. Q&A (Inquiry)
If you just talk to your students all day, there are many who will not retain the information. Interaction is imperative and while asking questions is great, getting them to ask you intriguing questions is even better!
Encouraging students to ask thought-provoking questions will help them in adulthood, but it will also help them to form unique thought-processes and communicate better with their peers.
Every individual is unique and using an array of unique teaching methods that encourage interaction, teamwork, and differentiated thought processes helps the individual shape in their way.
Traditionally a creative might struggle with a logical topic such as science, but if you tailor it to their learning style they can be amazing at it!