16 Ideas to Make Your Teaching (even more) Effective & loved by students

As a teacher, you will not hesitate to make clean breast of the fact that your first and foremost challenge is to make your teachings palatable to the students. Put differently, the biggest challenge any teacher encounters is capturing the student’s attention, and putting their ideas in such a way that could be easily comprehensible and stays with them long after they have left a classroom. For this to happen, innovative ideas that make teaching methods more effective should be implemented and classroom experience should be redefined.

There are some ideas listed below that will help teachers make their classes interesting and reinvent their teaching methods.

1. Creative Teaching

 Put creative tools to use to stimulate creativity. Include forms of visual exercises and playful games that will excite the young minds and capture their interest. Bring aspects of creativity in all your subjects, be it science, mathematics, or history. Figure out different ways to develop their creative ideas. Give students the freedom to explore different ideas.

What makes a creative teacher, refer this presentation

2. Audio & Video tools

Incorporating audio-visual materials will certainly add an element of fun and ginger-up your sessions. Supplement textbooks with filmstrips, models, pictorial material and movies. Likewise, use infographics or other brain mapping and mind mapping tools that will help their imagination grow and thrive. For example, you can conduct live online discussions, get some oral history materials, playback recordings of public lectures or conduct live online discussions.

3. “Real-world” Learning

Link your lesions to real-world learning. Saddling students with theoretical concepts is simply not enough to keep the class alive and kicking. Relating and demonstrating through real-life situations will make the material easy to learn and easy to understand.

4. Brainstorming

Avoid galloping through your sessions and make time for brainstorming ideas into your classrooms. When you have multiple brains focusing on one single idea, you are sure to get numerous ideas and will also involve everyone in the discussion. These sessions are a great way o get the creative juices flowing.

5. Outside the School

Monotonous classroom teaching can sometimes bore students and teaching them proves to be a barren effort then. So organise field trips that are relevant to the lessons or simply take students for a walk outside of the classroom. The children will find this exciting and fresh and will grasp the things taught faster.

6. Role Playing

Teaching through role play helps children step out of their comfort zone and develop their interpersonal skills. The role-playing approach will help students establish a connection between the academic material and their everyday tasks. This method comes in handy, especially when you are teaching, history, literature or current events.

7. Storyboarding

Storyboarding is highly efficacious to teach subjects which call for visualisation of highly conceptual ideas or step-by-step memorisation. You can use a storyboard to recreate a famous student if you are a history teacher. Such visually stimulating activity will make sure that even abstruse concepts are easily put across to students.

8. Stimulating Class Ambience

A classroom ambience that is well-decorated and engaging will help a student think and learn better. Casting a glance at such environment is sufficient to stimulate a student’s mind and make them enticed to their studies all day long.

9. Welcome Innovation

Your quest to search innovating new teaching methods should never stop. An open-minded attitude is essential to draw innovation from anything. Being an open-minded teacher, you would like to explore all possibilities, no matter how bizarre it appears. Check Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future | Joe Ruhl | TEDxLafayette and Teach teachers how to create magic

10. Engage in a hobby

Sometimes, hectic workload takes its toll on your engagement in teaching. Don’t fret if it happens to you, it’s natural. You can take a break and engage in some other activity that interests you. This will beef up your mental strength and you can return to your work with more interest and passion.

11. Teamwork

As we all know, collaborative efforts bear fruits. So spend some quality time with your colleagues and ask for their opinions on improving teaching methods. You will be amazed to see the interesting strategies coming from them. Learn to collaborate with your colleagues, it will help you introduce innovative teaching methods.

12. Puzzles & Games

Puzzles and games are an integral part of education. When the lessons are introduced through games and puzzles, children may not feel they are learning. When learning takes place through puzzles and games, students creative acumen is stretched multifold times. It also helps them to face and conquer challenges. 

13. School Clubs 

Teachers barely get time to work on interesting topics that interest them and they are passionate about. Starting an after-school club or group seems to be a workable solution to this problem. When you have school clubs or groups, you can share your views and learn from others.

14. Refer books on Creativity

Creative teachers do ample research on creative ideas and techniques. Therefore you can read books available on creativity. Not only personal, but it will be helpful in your professional development as well.

Read a book: The Creative Teacher: An Encyclopedia of Ideas to Energize Your Curriculum or check this link for the best books on creativity for teachers. Here is a list of the books you can refer https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=teacher+creative

15. Love your subject

You can deliver your best only if you truly love what you do. When you are not stressed, being creative and inspired remain easy. Loving your work give you room to experiment new ideas and keep you relaxed. Slightest disdain for the task you are doing will bar you from reaping countless benefits associated with the task.

16. Introduce like a Story

Just think, have you ever lost interest in watching movies? Movies always fascinate as well as interest because you like interesting stories to keep yourself engaged. Similarly, learning sessions become more interesting when you present it like a story. If you stretch your creativity a bit, even maths lessons can be related to interesting stories.

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Innate desire to put innovative ideas to use in daily classroom teachings can bring about radical changes in the way you teach and the way students learn. Then learning does not appear so burdensome for students. Up to an extent, a teacher’s empathy to infuse innovative ideas into teaching can also be attributed to student’s lack of interest in their studies.

Teachers need to smarten up their teaching strategies, this is how they can keep students glued to their studies. There are a handful of students who are self-motivated and can understand concepts in the way they are introduced to them but without adding an element of fun or breaking down abstruse concepts into simple facts, most of the students tend to lose interest in their studies.

Educators remain so engrossed in finishing the course material and sessions, checking assignments that thinking about innovation appears to be a distant dream for them. However, with little innovative ideas, a noticeable change can be brought in teaching.

Sustainable development of anything is not possible without innovative ideas and teaching is no exception. Keeping that in mind a teacher should gauge their teaching methodologies and replace obsolete ones with new methods.

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