May 10, 2015
Classroom Management 178 Views
What has compelled me to write this article, is often the lack of foresight teachers, particularly in primary schools, put into setting up their rooms.
As a relief/substitute teacher, I have, for example, found it difficult to get around the room to help students. White boards are often put to one side to allow the main central space for an electronic board. This prevents the easy use of the white board when any problems arise.
This article discusses issues that the teacher needs to address to create the best learning environment in the classroom. The three most important considerations are: 1. Ease of movement around the room for your students; 2. Creating a disciplined learning environment; and 3. Making sure that every student can see and hear everything that is going on in the teaching situation.
With these considerations in mind, you need to think seriously about the most appropriate place for the following physical equipment. (My suggestions follow each item). • White and ...
May 10, 2015
Pronunciation/Phonics 142 Views
Phonics are the building blocks of learning to read. But lately they have taken a back seat to the Look See method in some countries. Most students can learn to read, no matter what method they are being taught, but the struggling learners need phonics. It has been shown time and again, that phonics are a better way to learn to read, for struggling readers.
The Look See Method has the beautiful books with lots of pictures, while the phonic books are pretty drab, filled with rhyming text that don't always make sense. But you need rhyming to learn to read. And students will learn to read using the Look See Method, but struggling students will have problems.
To be honest, I don't know why some students learn to read easier than others, especially nowadays. But I think it has a lot to do with home life. Parents of reading kids help their kids. They don't live in front of the TV, and they use the computer for knowledge, not to play games or watch videos. But that is not always the case. I ...
May 10, 2015
Teaching Methodology 143 Views
Efficient Teachers are not just aware of the right content to be delivered but also are aware of the strategy to deliver that content. Teaching or Instructional strategies are a teacher's compass when it comes to effective involvement of the students in the process of knowledge absorption and assimilation. This in turn has a direct co-relation to knowledge retention.
Teaching strategies range from low involvement of the learner all the way to extremely high levels of learner involvement.
Direct Instruction - Lectures, Drill and Practice, Demos are examples. The teacher in these settings is in lecture/fact delivery mode. The students are in receive mode. Interaction is minimal or absent. This is a useful strategy when a new concept is being introduced and the complete attention of the class is desirable. The same holds true when a demonstration covering a new concept is in progress.
Indirect Instruction - Though akin to direct instruction, the sessions are not intensive. A relaxed ...
May 10, 2015
Teacher Training 118 Views
In today's scenario, continuous training and development form the building blocks of successful teaching, irrespective of a teacher's experience. Therefore, professional development programs for teachers are gaining prevalence across the world. These programs are available in various forms, including teacher workshops, teacher training programs, teacher seminars and so on. However, the main objective is the same empowering teachers with new skills and knowledge in order to ensure optimum learning and development of students.
In India, most of the renowned professional development programs for teachers cover various aspects of teaching. Let's have a look at these aspects.
- Social and emotional skills: It is important to cover social and emotional aspects of teaching during a teacher's training program. Fostering teachers' emotional awareness holds the key to optimizing teacher effectiveness in the classroom. This awareness enables teachers to understand students' emotions in different ...
Apr 23, 2015
Other 109 Views
Many people have the aspiration to study further. Education has become of utmost importance to improve the scope of your career. Basic degree education is not enough anymore. If you want to grow in your career, you need to have some added qualification which will help you get better jobs and make you a thorough professional. People who have higher qualification can apply for good job profiles along with a higher degree. It helps you up by many steps increasing the pace of your growth. When you plan to stud further, you will plan to do it from a reputed university. You will look for the best institutes for that particular course as this will add on to your overall career scope. Even though pursuing these courses from a reputed institute is extremely useful, it is quite tough to get through. Most of these universities require you to write an entrance test and pass a few rounds to be able to qualify for the course. You also need to have a decent grade in the course you have done before ...