Lesson: Evolution of Teaching Methods
The work environment is rapidly changing today, creating the need for an education system that prepares students adequately for the new world. In the traditional approach, students spend most of their time in classrooms watching or listening to professors.
The work environment is rapidly changing today, creating the need for an education system that prepares students adequately for the new world. In the traditional approach, students spend most of their time in classrooms watching or listening to professors. The model also does not provide room for cooperation as students work on assignments individually. As an educator applying the learner-centered approach, you realize that student outcome is better due to improved cooperation, and other instructional approaches.
Improving student outcome is one of your primary objectives as a teacher. You not only want the students to realize their academic aspirations, but also develop their social skills. Learner-centered approach may not be appealing to you at first because it entails the shift of power from the faculty to students. However, Research has shown that the instructional approach has positive impact on student outcome. As a teacher, you will eventually find the approach useful in meeting your career goals.
• Active Learning
Learner-centered approach emphasizes on active as opposed to the traditional form of learning. This implies that when teaching, you do not expect the students to sit back and watch or listen to you. Engage them through various ways including analyzing arguments or demonstrating application of learning context to real-life situations.
• Cooperative Learning
You will also find this method of leaner-centered approach highly useful in your teaching career. In the traditional instructional model, you were trained to help the students interact with the reading materials. You are expected to encourage students to learn, and also help others learn as this creates a friendly learning environment. In an era where students can access learning materials online, you may consider recommending this educational resource for guidance on essay writing tips.
• Inductive Teaching and Learning
As opposed to deductive learning, this instructional method helps learners develop their critical thinking skills by understanding patterns in the concepts you teach. Instead of informing the students about specific rules that apply in a concept, you are expected to teach them how to notice the underlying patterns.
- Benefits of Learner-Centered Classrooms
Incremental changes in the education system have significant impacts on student outcomes. The development of learner-centered classrooms impacts student’s academic achievement positively due to the development of positive attitude towards education. You will find learner-centered classrooms fun to teach.
• Improves student participation
When students participate in the classroom, you feel motivated to teach as this creates an active learning environment. Their participation also puts you in a better place to identify any issue that may affect their learning. You can always tell whether the students understood a particular concept and take the necessary action.
• Improves retention of knowledge
Teaching entails helping students understand concepts rather than memorize reading materials. Due to the high emphasis on student engagement, your students will be better at retaining the material you teach.
• Prepares students for work environment
Today’s working environment is highly diverse due to factors such as globalization. This demands high cultural competence from the employees. By interacting with their peers in classroom, students do not only learn about academic work, but also other peoples’ culture. By employing the learner-centered approach, you will help students improve their academic performance as well as develop their interpersonal skills.
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