What are the teaching methods that can be used other than regular classes
Process of learning and teaching has been revolutionized in the recent years and thanks to advanced technology and internet for making it possible. One such noteworthy innovation is the incorporating of a number of advanced thinking and proven modules and methods of teaching and that is what makes learning a fun experience while making students ready for the future world from a very tender age.
Introducing Online Forums
When the entire world is slowly being digitalised, why leave education behind? Even though the tradition of teaching in the form of online class through Skype or other methods of video calling have already taken place, we are still lacking behind the idea of online forums where students can interact freely without the barriers of geographical boundaries is an idea that can help to bring ideas and constructive thoughts under one roof. Forums can be taken as groups where a topic is tossed freely and people from all over the world contribute some ideas and negotiate or debate and make one or more than one conclusions. It does not only help in the better understanding of a topic but also adds to the in depth knowledge of a subject and it’s socio-political-economic and cultural as well. While introducing online forums, however, it is vital to incorporate some of the basics of social networking sites like the options of ‘Like’, ‘Share’, ’Comment’ that encourages students to engage themselves into a more personal and active interaction which in turn results in higher rates of productivity and sharing of knowledge. Teachers can examine the productivity of forums in particular and assess how they have improve. Even though e-learning has been incorporated at a number of schools and colleges, e-forums are seldom explored and the vast possibilities of the same make it one of the most fertile domains and a good mode of teaching to explore for the betterment of students.
Making ProjectsTeaching can be fun if some practical work is done after reading theories. After intermediate information has been provided and taught to the students, teachers can form small groups comprising of 5-6 students where they follow a streamlined motion on researching and discussing on one single topic. It does not only help students to brainstorm from a very early age but also makes them aware of distributing load and companionship that is inevitably important in work life. Even though projects are supposed to be limiting in terms of geographical scope, the time spent by classmates to move out of their boundaries of limitations can severely help them to navigate through the oceans of the unknown and increase their level of comfort with oneself while learning a new topic and facing real life problems. To make it more interesting, teachers can ask the students to collect real life data that suits the purpose of the project and organise a question and answer session where one can ask questions to the group of students presenting an organised project. It helps to boost confidence and is a breath of fresh air into the stagnant orthodox methods of regular classroom teaching.
Models and Power-Point PresentationThis mode of teaching does not really require students and teachers to move out of the boundaries of four walls but is really innovative and helps the students to get motivated and work with friends towards a definite and organised goal through the pleasurable and educational journey. If teachers are willing enough to bring in models of their topic of discussion to provide in-depth and realistic views of the subject, it will undoubtedly help to the better understanding of a subject by students. For example, while studying the climatic conditions of a geographical location and how it is modified during certain periods of time, the facts and reasons can be better explained using a model that demonstrates the geographical contours and factors modifying the climate of the said region. It is always said that if we read and see a realistic model of the same, our brain retains information better and we tend to learn faster and the knowledge gathered remains for a prolonged period of time.
Another innovative module that is slowly being incorporated into the process of teaching is showing slideshows and PowerPoint presentations that have audio and visual elements embedded in it that serves as a complete delight to watch. When auditory and visual nerves get stimulated simultaneously, they do benefit in the learning process and PowerPoint presentations get the job done in a fancy yet effective way.
Problem-Solving MethodOne of the best ways to deal with a problem and learn how to solve it is by facing the problem directly and on-field. It is a method of teaching that many schools in developed countries follow to involve students directly on field after giving them necessary information to work out. This can range from going to hospitals to learn how to do first aid to going to forming mock courts and behaving like judges, lawyers and criminals. When students face the problems directly for the first time, it is expected that they might not like how problems arise and might feel like going back to the orthodox method of learning that is bound by four claustrophobic walls. This, however, can prove to be a turning point as the absence or presence of proper guidance motivates the incorporation of real life problem solving attitude into the minds of young people. A cousin of mine once reported how she was taken to a house to learn about the wiring system and was asked to mend the damaged wires, as she was learning advanced electricity. This, undoubtedly, helps in the proper moulding of a person and it is quite obvious that students can retain better if they deal with the topics in real life and not only as mere chapters in books.
Even though these modules are quite new and interesting, implementing these can require a lot of patience and hard work. These methods, however, do not restrict students into the strict boundaries of a classroom and enable them to explore beyond what is taught in a class. Education does not only mean the accumulation of knowledge through textbooks by sitting in a restricted classroom, it can be achieved in the most uncommon situations like while listening to a podcast or engaging in debates. If newer and innovative modules are applied while teaching, the results achieved can be beyond wildest imaginations.