Important Theories and Ideas
- Class discipline
- Lesson quality
- Relationship with students
With improvement, there are always things one can do to learn more and make things better. With teaching, this is especially so. Learn to use new tools and incorporate new theories to improve lessons!
The formula is simple: Learning = Discipline x Student Effort x Lesson Quality
If students are misbehaving, they will not learn. Teachers can minimize this by:
If students are trying, they will learn. Teachers can maximize this by:
If lessons are good, students will learn. Lessons can be improved by:
For more, take a look at the Match MOOC.
In essence, this means to get students to help each other to achieve new goals. There are four main points:
What’s necessary for cooperative learning to work is building teams and team-based routines so that students can teach each other, praise each other, and support each other as necessary. This enables students to be less teacher-dependent and can reduce bullying, as well as allowing student teams to achieve greater goals than could be done individually. In addition, team-building when done in school years allows students to build the soft skills necessary for future work.
For beginning teachers, why not try group work instead of lecturing to students?
Language and culture are deeply intertwined, but even specific cultures have subcultures and age groups that use different dialects or vocabulary. Because language is based on ideas, these multicultural differences can lead to misunderstandings and ineffective communication.
To get students to communicate effectively, they need to do three things:
By looking at factors beyond simply what is presented or known, students can understand why a culture behaves as it does, instead of simply repeating stereotypes, which can are often incorrect and even insulting.
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