Want to become a better teacher?
Most teachers have a favorite teaching method, but they don’t know what the other methods are.
Teachers need to learn more about their craft and try different teaching approaches that might work better for them or their students.
Well, we’ve got your back. We’ve included 7 different teaching approaches to teach kids!
1. The Learning Pyramid Approach
This method involves splitting up your subject into key concepts (the base of the pyramid), some important sub-concepts (the second level), and some additional supporting information (the third level). This is particularly helpful for teaching students with learning disabilities who need more structure in their classes.
2. The Socratic Teaching Method
This approach is named after Socrates, who was an ancient Greek philosopher. His methods were to ask questions that would help his students explore ideas and come up with their own answers.
3. The Case Study Approach
This is a fun way to teach students by approaching each lesson as an imaginary case that arises in real life. It presents questions for the class to discuss and debate, which leads to all students having a thorough understanding of the lesson at hand.
4. The Mad Science Method
This is a fun approach that can be used to teach kids any subject matter that involves science or math by making the topics seem more fun! In this method, teachers use games and activities to engage students while also reviewing basic scientific concepts. These can include hands-on experiments in the classroom, such as growing plants from seeds in dirt cups while involving students in a discussion of basic scientific terms such as germinate or root systems.
5. The Intuition Approach
Teachers who teach their students with the intuition approach let the students explore what they’re interested in and learn from there. For example, if you’re teaching a unit on the U.S. Civil War, you could look at one region of the country (such as New England).
Or one specific battle for your first topic/lesson, then move onto another topic or lesson that seems interesting to you or your class, and then continue doing this until you’ve discussed all of the material.
6. The Presentations Approach
In this teaching method, students use PowerPoint presentations and share information with the class about a topic of their choice. This method has a lot of benefits – for example, it gives more active students an outlet to express themselves and provides less talkative students with an opportunity to participate in the discussion.
7. The Back-to-the Basics Approach
Teachers who use the back-to-the-basics approach teach their students at a level that is suited to them, which means that if they’re having trouble explaining something or struggling with the subject matter, it can be broken down into small steps so that even beginning learners will understand.
This works best when teachers analyze problems and break them down to make them easier to solve (such as working with equations during math lessons).
The basics approach is often the difference between learning vs teaching.
Want to Learn About New Teaching Approaches?
You’ve been a teacher for years and have perfected your craft. But there are always new techniques to try out, especially as you advance in education levels. We’ve compiled a list of seven different teaching approaches that all teachers should try at least once so they can see what works best for them and their students. Have you tried any of these methods?
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