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Become a teacher • 2 Min read

19th November 2019

What teaching aids will make your job easier?

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.

What are teaching aids?

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 should I use?

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:

English Teacher – Fly swatting game

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.

Set Up:

  1. Create a bunch of flashcards for the target vocabulary you will be reviewing
  2. Stick the flashcards onto the board in a random order
  3. Split the class into two teams and have them line up in front of the board

How to Play:

  1. Each team sends up one person to the front and they are given a fly swatter
  2. Read a word aloud and the first student to find it on the board and swat it wins a point for their team
  3. To make it harder, you can also ask questions or definitions
  4. Don’t forget to only let the students only hit one word per turn to prevent them from hitting as many words as possible

Maths Teacher – How to slice a cake (and other food demonstrations!)

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.

Foreign Language Teacher – Video Conferencing Software

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!

Moving on up

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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