|Posted by k conway on May 14, 2011 at 3:39 PM|
Just as learning styles differ amongst students, so does the delivery of curriculum amongst teachers. Differences occur in how teachers establish and communicate learning goals, design lessons, implement instructional strategies, respond to student needs, and adjust instruction based on assessment results. Teaching styles range from humorous and entertaining to kill and drill of content. While some teachers use creative and flexible teaching techniques, others struggle with modifying lessons for students who struggle, learn differently, or need more challenge. Delivery of instruction is also affected by varying degrees of knowledge, experience, and confidence on the part of the teacher. My opinion of teaching style has changed greatly since I began teaching 25 years ago. I began as a strict, by the book, sit in your seat social studies teacher. Now technology has been a significant tool that allows my teaching to become as diverse as the students who enter my classroom. Like so many teachers, I instruct a wide variety of students: the gifted, the shy, the insecure, the talented, the two left feet, the ones who fall in between the cracks, the enthusiastic, the ones who dread coming to school, and the ones from an abusive or neglectful home. Today, I believe lesson plans must be much more adaptive and flexible in order to provide more individualized instruction to a student or a small group of students as appropriate. I think that when an activity is flexible, it prevents isolation or segregation of students with diverse learning needs. Teaching style goes a long way in determining the success of an educator reaching the goals of his/her curriculum! Please share your ideas on how teachers can deliver content more effectively and communicate high expectations for all students.
Categories: Delivery of Instruction