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There are many ways to accentuate your effectiveness in the classroom, teachers need the best strategies for teaching, especially now, when the statistics reflect that many students are not retaining the material they were supposed to have been taught by the end of the year.
There are three ways I will outline for you here which will be helpful as strategies for teaching, the success of your students is the most important thing—so you may find that one particular class learns better as a whole under one particular strategy for teaching than the rest—but I recommend all three.
· Visual strategies for teaching:
Just as maps are essential in teaching history and geography classes, visual aids are also important in any other subject—and not just words on the chalkboard or whiteboard, either. It is a very important strategy for teaching, to have the best visual aids as you can.
For example: If you are studying English literature, bring in some pictures that will demonstrate the culture of that time.
If you are studying Shakespearian plays, show pictures of how the stages were set up back then—show that only men were allowed to be players in the theatre.
If you would like, bring in a film of Romeo and Juliet or Othello etc. for the children to watch.
· Repetition as a strategy for teaching:
There are many ways to repeat yourself when you are trying to get the point across to your students. For especially difficult concepts—let us stick with language—let us say German class. I think one of the best strategies for teaching is the use of flashcards.
Flashcards can not only be used for vocabulary—but also you can write one sentence on one side of a flashcard and the translation on the other. For simpler grammar flashcards, for example: conjugation—on one side of the card write “Ich” followed by a blank space and on the other side of they card will be “Ich bin”—then “du” followed by a blank space and on the other side “du bist” etc.
Physical action in lessons seems to work well to help students retain information. For example: In Spanish class, let us say you are having serious, repetitious lessons in vocabulary and grammar, one strategies for teaching could be to incorporate some of Mexican culture in your lessons. If you are working with sentence structure—give the student(s) a task to act translate something like “I have just taken my siesta”, or “My mother has eaten many tortillas”—then you can explain the culture—for your visual aid, bring in a Mexican blanket, tortillas and/or a sombrero. Let the kids act out the skit of people baking and eating tortillas—have at least three students in each skit and make sure everyone gets a turn to participate. Repeating the same skit(s) is fine—or you could even let the children take the props and ad-lib—adding to the skit(s) on their own.
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