6 effective teaching methods and how to use them

Particularly when working with children and teenagers, it can be hard to retain focus, manage behavior, and encourage active participation. In addition, teaching adults can have its own challenges – it can be difficult for adult learners to absorb new things and change old thinking patterns.

One thing that may help you deal with some of these challenges is learning about the different teaching methods available. You don’t need to pick one method and stick to it, but you may find that certain methods and styles are perfect for different learning environments.

1. Online learning

Online tutors often enjoy the freedom of working from home, choosing their working hours, and being their own boss. The great thing about online learning is that it’s accessible to many people.

2. Experiential learning

If you haven’t heard of experiential learning before, it’s the idea that learning is a product of experience. We can only gain experience from interacting and engaging with the world and people around us. This learning theory comes from David Kolb’s experiential learning cycle, and considers the role of all our experiences in learning, from emotions and cognition, to our environment. Experiential learning is a great teaching method because it encourages creativity, helps students learn from mistakes, fosters reflective thinking, and prepares students for future experiences. It can be effective for several subjects, especially during science experiments, sports coaching, and group projects.

3. Differentiation

Differentiated learning is a teaching method that tailors instructions to students depending on their individual needs. This method could be a great option if you’re teaching mixed-ability classes and want everyone to get the most out of each lesson. This is a fairly traditional approach to teaching mixed-ability classes, but it can be successful if managed sensitively. For example, some teachers may choose to teach entirely different content depending on student ability. However, this can cause students to feel embarrassed and teachers to feel burned out from trying to do too much at once. 

4. Blended learning

The next teaching method we’ll be exploring is blended learning. Essentially, blended learning is a combination of traditional face-to-face learning and technology-based learning. Although blended learning did exist before the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become more popular with schools and universities in the two years. Using a blended learning model can be great for both students and teachers because it forms a middle ground between traditional and technology-based methods. It uses enough technology to keep students focused and interested, but it also provides opportunities for students to talk in-person to teachers and classmates, which can be invaluable. 

5. Game-based learning

If you want to focus on making your lessons more fun, engaging and interactive, then look no further. Game-based learning, also known as gamification,  is a great way to engage students, particularly those in primary and secondary education. The definition of gamification is a strategy that implements game-like elements into non-gaming activities to enhance motivation. Since children are very interested in games, from video games and mobile applications to simple playground and board games, this can be a great place to start.

Here are some of the ways you can incorporate game-based learning into your lessons:

  • Points systems
  • Levels and progress bars
  • Challenges and competitions
  • Unique rewards
  • Learning badges

6. Student – centered learning

While the success and happiness of students is always a high priority for teachers, student – centered learning is different to more traditional teaching methods. 

Teacher – centered learning, which is more common, requires the teacher to give classroom instructions and lead the class for the majority of the time. With student – centered learning, students are given more opportunities to choose what they want to learn and how they want to learn it. This is also known as personalized learning.

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