19th November 2019
If you’re a busy teacher, chances are that you’re always looking for ways to make your job easier and streamline the teaching process without sacrificing the quality of the education that your pupils receive. One way to do this is to rely on physical teaching aids: audiovisual tools which can be used again and again to assist classroom learning.
Teaching aids are objects or devices such as books, pictures, maps, worksheets, dvds, computers etc, used by teachers to enhance or enliven classroom instruction. Using a well-placed teaching aid can help pupils understand and remember your lessons more quickly and sustainably, and allowing pupils to recall the important aspects more easily.
What teaching aids will have the best effect on your pupils depends on a number of other factors, such as the age of your pupils, their abilities or SEND status, your specific specialism or subject, and your budget. The use of teaching aids in Science subjects such as physics and chemistry practical lessons are widely used, but you’ll find that audiovisual aids can be used in every specialism.
Teaching aids can range from simple classroom posters, to interactive models, practical experiments and specialist computer software. Here are a few examples of times that the different teaching aids can be useful:
Fly Swat is one of the best ways to review vocabulary while getting the whole class away from their desks and physically engaging in an activity.
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You can always rely on good old Youtube to provide interesting learning materials, such as this video from Maths channel Numberphile, which shows the best way to slice a cake. It’s easy to slice a cake to show fractions, or use individual sweets to show percentages.
Whether you bring real sweet treats into the classroom, or watch YouTube videos together as a class, the pupils are definitely going to find the lesson more memorable than if they were to learn the same points from a textbook.
This is a fun one! In our connected world, teachers can reach out to other teachers or pupils around the world, and set up individual or classroom Skype video calls to form part, or all, of your lesson. It takes some planning, but will make for an interesting lesson when your pupils get to converse with (or witness a conversation with) a real native speaker via the internet!
If you’ve mastered the use of the teaching aids above, or used some of your own to great effect and are looking for the next step – here are two things you can do to take your teaching career to the next level:
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