20th November 2019
Although it is not your job to entertain pupils, it is vital to your job and their education that they are engaged with the teaching process. Most approaches to pupil learning will follow one of the five main teaching styles, which are used in classrooms around the world.
This method of teaching is what many of us think of when we imagine a teacher: lengthy teacher-centric lectures or lessons and one-way presentations. This style of teaching requires pupils to take notes or absorb the important information.
This style is better suited for higher-education disciplines or lessons taught in an auditorium where the layout isn’t optimised for discussion. Subjects the Authority style works well for includes subjects such as History, which requires the memorisation of key facts, dates, names, etc.
As with the Authority style, the teacher using the Demonstrator style of teaching retains control and authority in the classroom. However, rather than relying on verbal lectures, the Demonstrator style combines lectures with multimedia presentations, demonstrations and class activities.
This style is well suited to Music, Art, and Physical Education subjects, where demonstrations are imperative to a full understanding of the topic.
The Facilitator style promotes self-learning and helps students to develop critical thinking skills by training pupils to ask questions and find answers. When using this style, teachers will ask questions of pupils rather than spoon-feed them information, and encourage them to come up with an answer themselves.
Also known as the ‘group’ style, the Delegator style is best suited for lessons which make use of lab activities, such as Chemistry, or subjects that require feedback from the whole class, like Creative Writing.
When using the Delegator style, the teacher takes on more of an observational role, promoting collaboration and encouraging peer-to-peer learning.
The Hybrid style, as you might have guessed, uses a blend of the teachers’ personality and approach to teaching with the students’ needs and lesson-appropriate methods. As long as you avoid the risk of trying to be everything at once, the Hybrid style is a great way to ensure all pupils are included and engaged with your lessons – no matter how they learn!
If you’ve mastered the steps above, here are two things you can do to take your teaching career to the next level:
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