Monday, December 26, 2011

Teaching Strategies - 7 Secrets of a Master Teacher

Great teaching comes from great teachers. Teachers who have control of their classroom, mastery of their material and the respect of their students. However becoming a master teacher isn't easy. It takes hard work, perseverance and determination.

In order to help you teach better, here are 7 STRATEGIES for a master teacher.

1. Know Your Why

It has been said that if you have a big enough "why" you can accomplish anything. So, know why you want to be a teacher. The reason must be bigger than life if you are going to stay motivated.

2. Prepare Your Priorities

In order to make decisions you need to develop a set of predetermined priorities. Knowing your priorities will help you focus on doing first things first. Most people don't do what is important, they do what is urgent. So, decide what is most important to you and prepare your priorities.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Developing Teaching Strategies With Interactive Whiteboards

Familiarization, utilization, integration, reorientation, and evolution are the five different levels. In the first level the teacher familiarizes with an interactive Whiteboard.

The schools teaching staff get a detailed training session on the use of IWB. The teachers get a detailed instruction on the technology but yet to access the same. In the initial stage the teacher might give simple display with the help of audio visual devices to the students. As teachers' know-how increases the utility of Interactive Whiteboard is more. In this level the projector is used connected to a PC or flip chart. The teacher's ability to add footnotes, the skill to save the text, to amend the resources all depends on improved knowledge on the usage of Interactive Whiteboard. The third stage or 'integration' is characterized when teachers make the IWB technology an indispensable part of the pedagogic system.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Teaching Strategies - 12.5 Rules for Teaching the Learner

In order to be a great teacher you must be able to connect with your students. Connecting isn't easy, but if you prepare and present your lessons with the learner in mind you will connect.

Use these 12.5 strategies to help you prepare and present your lessons for the learner.

(1) Gain their Attention

Always get the attention of your students before you begin your lesson. Observe their faces to see if they are mentally as well as physically present.

(2) Remember to Pause

Pause whenever the class' s attention is interrupted or lost and wait until you have completely regained it.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Resources in Teaching Music Highlight Teaching Strategies

Music teaching and its themes encompass pedagogical skills as well as matters of character, disposition, value, personality, and musicality. It reflects on musicianship and practical aspects of teaching while drawing on a broad base of theory, research, and personal experience. Although grounded in the practical realities of music teaching, many educators and music specialists have been urging music teachers to think and act artfully, imaginatively, hopefully, and courageously toward creating a better world.

The concept of teaching strategy is mainly identified with only one of the teacher's activities - giving information. The contemporary approaches give additional meanings to this concept broadening its contents: the planning of educational activities, their implementation, the assessment and control of the process and its results.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Teaching Strategies For Developing World Literature Appreciation

There are many wonderful teaching strategies educators can use to cultivate and develop an appreciation of world literature within their students. Initially, developing an appreciation for world literature in high school students requires that teachers select reading material with themes that are relevant to the modern era in which we live.

Interest and appreciation for the book To Kill A Mockingbird for example could be generated by having a brief class discussion on race relations. The teacher and students could collaborate to create a detailed timeline of 15 to 20 social, cultural, and political events that occurred in the 1930s. The activity would familiarize students with the attitudes and issues of the Depression era in the deep South, while simultaneously teaching students how African-Americans overcame such prejudicial attitudes.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Discover 7 Essential Core Teaching Strategies You Need to Become a Terrific Teacher

At times, teachers may feel inundated with theories, methodologies, teaching strategies, etc.etc.etc.

Please keep in mind that this is your class, your students and only YOU know your own limits.

As I have told my student teachers, and new or inexperienced teachers that I have mentored; observe, if you can, different teachers and take note of their teaching strategies and read about advice that experienced teachers have written. Then, decide which strategies are best and which fit your teaching style with your students.

Here are my top "7 Essential Core Teaching Strategies" that have held true for me throughout my 30 plus years of teaching from K-6.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Teaching Strategies - 9.5 Strategies for Successful Teaching

Do you really want to be a successful teacher? If so, these 9.5 strategies will help you develop the skills, techniques and processes needed to become a master teacher.

But it won't happen just because you read each strategy, you must take action and put each strategy in to use.

Strategy #1 - Prepare for each lesson. You need to master the material in order to inspire your students to learn it. If you haven't learned it, why should they?

Strategy #2 - Find ways to make connections to more familiar information already mastered. Using connections to illustrate the new concepts serves as a glue to help new information stick.