Four Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies For Teachers
Consciously or unconsciously we are constantly learning things while interacting with our surroundings. It is way easier and more effective to learn from everyday situations, incidents etc. than to be persistently drilled with facts. Here are some of the innovative strategies for effective learning and teaching:
- Crossover Learning
Informal settings such as museums and after-school clubs can link academic content with everyday issues, make it easily learnable. That works the other way round as well, learning schools and colleges can also be improved by linking it to experiences from commonplace and everyday life. These linked experiences ignite motivation and desire to learn.
Learning outside the four walls of the classroom, during a museum visit or a field trip, or while performing interesting activities such as collecting photos or notes; works as a more effective learning method. The crossover learning method provides authentic and engaging opportunities for learning.
2. Learning through Argumentation
Professional scientists and mathematicians often use this method of learning. Reasoning and argumentation help students to contrast different ideas which in turn deepens their insight.
Teachers can initiate meaningful discussions in a class by encouraging pupils to ask open-ended questions. Through such discussions, students learn to constructively respond to others.
3. Incidental Learning
Incidental learning is the learning that happens unconsciously. It might happen during an activity which is apparently unrelated to what is learning. It is quite spontaneous and unstructured form of learning, unlike the formal education. It sparks self-reflection.
Context-based learning is the learning that happens through experiences. Deriving relevance and meaning out of the timing and place of the experiences and interpreting them is contextual based learning. In the classroom contextual learning is limited and restrained, whereas while visiting a heritage site or museum or being immersed in a good book can be an enriching contextual form of learning.