Teaching is one of the most challenging jobs in the world. There, I said it! In no other profession can one have such a profound effect on the minds of young (and not-s0-young!) people. Teachers wear many hats, including; content expert, speaker, counselor, disciplinarian, entertainer, and role model. The real challenge in teaching lies not in understanding the subject matter itself, but in the manner in which that content is shared, because everyone’s learning style is different!
So, what to do, what to do?! Well, you could present the content in 30 different ways, once for each student’s unique learning style. That might extend your office hours a bit, though. Instead, why not incorporate some very basic, yet proven principles to enhancing student learning?
The following article is an excellent resource on this topic:
After reviewing that document, do you notice any underlying themes? I noticed one, and that is the idea that learning is an interactive and social experience. We are, after all, social creatures. Classes that consist only of lecture-homework-exam-repeat are less common, and for good reason. I can’t remember the last time my boss at work locked me in a quiet room and gave me a multiple choice test! I can remember, though, many cases in which I had to work with others to achieve a common goal. I also remember that communication and collaboration were the key components to my team’s success.
What do you think? Share your comments below!