"Ways of Teaching Students"
ebruary 15, 2014
I give teachers and professors all the credit in the world. They have to deal with so many different things because of how everything is changing. Some, now, just figure out that one person may not be able to learn the same way as someone else. It's difficult because teachers and professors need to do what is best for the whole classroom, but not everyone can learn the same way as anybody else.
There are a variety of strategies to teach students what they need to be taught. "Teaching Strategies" gives a long list of strategies that teachers or professors can choose from as their way of teaching a class. The description under lecture strategies states the following, "Lectures are the way most instructors today learned in classes. However, with today's students, lecturing does not hold their attention for very long, even though they are a means of conveying information to students." The second part of the description holds true for the most part. A lot of students these days like to be entertained as much as possible. Many students can't keep their focus for the whole class period because all the teacher does is talk the whole time while the students sit there and try to not get bored.
In the same source, under discussions strategies, it says "Engaging students in discussion deepens their learning and motivation by propelling them to develop their own views and hear their own voices. A good environment for interaction is the first step in encouraging students to talk." All of this is very true. I believe this might be one of the best strategies a professor could use for students of this time. Students will actually get something out of a class when they are participating in discussions, especially with their peers. I could understand if a student didn't want to discuss with a professor, but it would be okay if he could talk to his classmates and discuss a topic because the peers would most likely relate better than a professor would.
According to Maryellen Weimer, there are six keys to classroom excellence: (1) Interest and explanation, (2) Concern and respect for students and student learning, (3) Appropriate assessment and feedback, (4) Clear goals and intellectual challenge, (5) Independence, control and active engagement, and (6)Learning from students. All of them are very good, but the first one stood out to me the most, interest and explanation. I feel it's true that the more interest there is in the class — whether it's the topic or the set-up — the more likely you will want to be a part of the class.
According to Paul Thornton, "The most effective teachers vary their styles depending on the nature of the subject matter, the phase of the course, and other factors." This is what makes teachers and professors great. If they can recognize when to use which learning method, then they are all set. Everything should fall into place. The ability to adjust to all the different kinds of changes happening one after another is unbelievable. It's hard to imagine someone changing their whole entire plans and being way more successful than the first plan set up. Credit needs to be given to those who try their very hardest to give us the tools we need to be successful in the future.