Children spend a lot of their days running around and playing games, which can make it difficult if it’s your responsibility to try and teach them. As a teacher, you will have to develop new methods of teaching that will appeal to children. In today’s post, we will go over a few effective teaching strategies that will hopefully give you a few ideas on how to teach your students in the future.
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Take Notice of How Each Student Learns
There are seven different learning styles: visual, auditory, verbal, physical, logical, social, and solitary. You will quickly find that each student probably has a different way of learning. The biggest thing is to not discourage how each student learns. Instead, try and adjust the way you teach each lesson. You may even try teaching the same lesson in a variety of ways in order to include every learning style. For example, the first day you may try teaching Spanish colors by reading from a book. The next day you may review it using flash cards, or play a game where the students have to match the color to something in the room.
If you notice that a couple students are struggling more than the others, pay attention to the concepts that they grasp easily, and take note of how you taught that concept versus the concepts they are struggling with. The more you notice how your students learn, the better you will be able to teach them.
Review Lessons More Than Once
Children may have a harder time learning the lessons. As people get older, they gain the ability to learn a concept once and make it stick. Unfortunately, children easily get distracted and have a harder time with listening. In order to help them learn the lessons and retain the information, you will probably have to go over the material more than once. At the beginning of the day, it’s a good idea to ask your students to recall what they learned the day before, that way, you will have a better understanding of what needs to be gone over again.
Find Creative Ways to Teach
As we mentioned earlier, children are more difficult to teach because it is hard to keep them engaged. Because of this, you may find yourself becoming frustrated. Instead of getting stressed and impatient, try and think of new ways to teach that will keep your students engaged. If your only teaching method is to teach out the book, then it will be extremely difficult to keep your students’ attention. Try creating games or fun activities that incorporate the lessons. For example, if you are learning about the weather, have an ongoing project where the children write down the weather for the day in Spanish. Once you find a few methods that work, keep those in mind and incorporate them into your routine along with the traditional methods.
Cover the Material in Smaller Sections
Another good thing to keep in mind is that a child’s brain is still growing and developing. With that in mind, you may find that your students are more likely to retain information if you only cover a little at a time. Imagine if your teacher had tried to cover an entire section of Spanish in one day. You probably would have felt overwhelmed. The best plan of action is to go over small sections and ensure that your students understand the lesson before you move forward.
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