Teaching Methodologies, Strategies and Objectives
Flexibility is the key to my success. My teaching methods will vary depending on the subject, class size and the material to be taught. For a class of significant size in a large space, a straight lecture while speaking extemporaneously with an outline of material to be covered will guide my students and me. Enhanced by technology to visually reinforce the material presented to the class through platforms such as Power Point, Prezi.com, or other appropriate presentation platforms. These aides will keep my lesson moving and visually engaging. This technique places a limit on student participation, it will be their responsibility to read material assigned previous to class and take notes from the lecture to compile the best material to help them further understand the material.
In a smaller setting, I can employ an informal atmosphere, less tethered to a podium as in a large lecture hall. I can take non-verbal cues, pay more attention to the reactions of individuals in the class, and get a better feel of their understanding of the material. Experience in the front of classroom, I understand that students may need further explanation.
A class period could be split up to allow a variation of the above techniques to be employed. For instance, starting a early morning class with an informal lecture or presentation then allowing time for guided discussion and questions will keep students engaged as well as help me evaluate their understanding and identify areas in need of further review. A late afternoon or evening class may lean more toward an “Edutainment” style presentation of class materials.
A general “rule of three” is an effective approach to teaching.
(1) Explain the lesson or teachable point. This is to be done mostly by oral presentation or discussion.
(2) Demonstrate the lesson using multiple examples as needed. PowerPoint presentations, video examples, or simple handouts will be used as references of the material.
(3) Participate in the lesson if applicable by leading a hands-on exercise with students using the appropriate tools such as computer software or other equipment.
The method of evaluation will also be dependent upon the lesson. If a project is to be completed, the deliverable can be graded by elements that must be standardized within the project as stated in a rubric. If comprehension and retention can be measured by a standard test format such as multiple-choice, fill in the blank or essay, that will be the method used as a measure of the students understanding. Pre-testing exams designed by me will help in limiting the possibility of disputable answers.
“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” – Jim Rohn, business philosopher.