Every class has its own uniqueness and two classes can never be the same. Even in the same classroom, a teacher may experience different energy on different days irrespective of their teaching experience. So discover with me some classroom practices that enhance learning despite the glaring differences.
Clarity of what is expected of the students will make learning enjoyable. Ambiguity further confuses students which in turn makes it much more difficult for them to actually meet those expectations. Additionally, if students willfully break guidelines, it is in your best interest to be able to easily prove they were aware of the expectations in place. When introducing a new unit of study or project with students, be sure to clarify its purpose, real-life relevance, and learning goals. Present to them models or examples to students so they can see what the end results should be. Give them explicit criteria on how they will be evaluated.
Follow through with authentic assessment. When you relate whatever you teach your students with real-life entities, they will be motivated to learn. Real-world assessment for learning provides student-centered classroom teachers with the challenge of moving away from paper and pen/pencil exams. Dare to make a shift from the conventional pen and paper learning and make it practical. This way, teachers, and students will be encouraged to monitor their teaching and learning and make necessary adjustments to their actions. Besides, it’s much easier to remember actions than words only.
Student engagement through various meta-cognitive and collaborative activities including classroom discussions is another smart practice. As a teacher, build a close relationship with your students and ‘mingle’ freely with them. Facilitate collaborative learning using structured group discussions. Your students learn from each other this way and it’s a great opportunity for you to assess through observation how well students are understanding new content and concepts. When we provide students with time and space to be aware of their own knowledge and their own thinking, student ownership increases. Instead of just loading them with notes, use an instructional approach based on modeling, demonstration, and mentoring them.
Further still, timely feedback is another practice that enhances learning. How do learners know they are moving forward without steady and consistent feedback? Along with individual written or verbal feedback, teachers need to provide whole-group feedback on patterns they see in the collective class’ growth and areas of need. Be receptive too when your students give you feedback to help you adjust the learning process, materials, and instruction accordingly. This will give them a sense of value and motivate them to perform to their best of ability.
Most of all, be a smart teacher. Motivate your students as much as possible to instill in them a sense of confidence and self-worth. It’s very important that the classroom is always a safe and encouraging environment for students. You will be the oasis in the desert for your students if you use your motivational skills well with them. Maintain high standards for your students and challenge them to reach for the stars and perform beyond their wildest imagination.
It is an undeniable fact that Students will always differ and classroom environments are both varied and complex. But clarity, authentic assessments, student engagement, timely feedback, and motivation are practices that will help you successfully navigate the intricacy of a modern classroom.#Rewordit