Effective teaching has never been as important as it is today.
One in 59 kids has at least one learning disability that impairs learning speed and proficiency.
The learner may require more time to complete school assignments than other students.
However, through teaching and guidance, learning difficulties can be improved.
And while different teaching strategies work for international students, some are more effective than others.
Here are four effective teaching strategies teachers should adopt.
Using Visual Aids
Children learn differently. Some absorb and internalize information by listening, while others need visual guides to understand better.
Visual guides may include videos, models, maps, pictures, and natural objects.
Visual aids make remembering and retaining information more accessible when used appropriately.
Students associate the information they learn with the images or objects they see.
This ignites an emotional response and speeds up the learning process.
Teachers can apply this technique by displaying graphics on a smartboard or using videos and authentic images.
Integrating Technology in Lessons
Educational technology has become an integral part of learning in the modern classroom.
Statistics show that nearly 80% of teachers use computing devices in their classrooms.
Technology gives students easy access to many learning resources, improves their research skills, and trains them to be independent.
Technology is also fun, engaging, and saves a lot of time.
For instance, by using an AI reading tutor, students can receive real-time feedback and assessment.
They can improve their comprehension proficiency without depending on the teachers’ input.
Letting Students Teach
While teaching requires a deep understanding of a topic, it’s okay to let your students teach from time to time.
It’s a great way to make students put extra effort into grasping all coursework fundamentals.
It also motivates them to ask questions about things they don’t understand so they can teach better.
Teachers can apply this strategy by assigning tasks based on specific topics.
Outline the areas the students should focus on and tell them how you’ll award performance.
For instance, you can award points based on creativity and fluency.
When students teach, they understand a topic better and improve their communication and public speaking skills.
Apply the Assessment and Feedback Approach
Assessment and feedback teaching benefit students in multiple ways.
It directs attention to the focus areas and helps them understand the material better than they would if they memorized it.
Give your students feedback and motivate them to improve by mentioning the areas they performed well, the areas they need to improve on, and the things you admire about them.
Your assessment type should be based on the student’s individual needs and topic.
Students learn differently, and what works best depends on a student’s unique needs.
Some students learn better with visual aids, while others require a combination of visual aids and text to internalize information.
Take time to understand your students’ needs and apply the best strategies for them.
Engage and motivate your students, whether teaching them in person or online.
Make them look forward to your classes.
Growing up in western PEI, Bruce Knox blends his extensive public health, non-profit, and public sector background with a deep love for innovative technologies to bring people together in healthier communities and environments.