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10 best practices of Highly Effective Teaching

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05 December 2020

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Looking for the best practices in teaching to improve your teaching style and promote active learning in your classroom?

Read to know the top ten practices followed by highly effective teachers.

These practices not only make teaching students more fun but also accelerates your professional growth as a teacher.

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Effective Teaching: Time to Adopt Successful Pedagogies

Teaching students come with a lot of responsibilities and challenges. Keeping students involved in their learning process and making it interesting all the time is something that effective teachers constantly strive for.

Since verbal lectures, blackboards and textbooks are not sufficient to keep today’s students actively engaged, teachers need to adopt the best practices in teaching.

Adopting new and effective teaching strategies makes it easier for students to absorb their lessons. It also stimulates young minds to be creative and come up with innovative solutions.

Moreover, an effective teacher uses a multi-sensory style of teaching and implements the best approaches wherever required.

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10 Best Practices in Teaching to Significantly Improve Learning 

Working on your teaching style helps keep you focused and grounded to achieve your goal of imparting quality education. Moreover, it impacts your students positively and encourages them to perform better academically and behaviorally.

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Hence, if you want to improve your teaching skills and attain teaching excellence, you must implement these ten best practices in teaching in your classroom.

  1. Promote Collaborative Learning

An effective teacher knows the value of team works and unity. Collaborative learning can be promoted by forming student groups. It helps them attain higher thinking, delegating roles, and tackle complex issues together. It thus develops various skills through discussions, teamwork, and activities.

  • The teacher can form groups of four to six students.
  • The students can be given various assignments and activities to help each other and compete.
  • The resources can be chosen according to the setting of the class, student diversity, etc.
  • Open discussions must be regularly held to foster communication and eliminate challenges if any.
  1. Research & Stay Updated

The educational pedagogies, curriculums, and current scenarios are rapidly changing, thus making it necessary for teachers to research the latest teaching styles, educative approaches, and stay updated with the current teaching methods.

  1. Provide Constructive Feedback

Teachers and students are more likely to perform better in the classroom when they share a positive understanding and relate to each other's learning and teaching styles. Thus, teachers need to provide constructive feedback regularly to analyze each student's performance and provide the required suggestions.

  1. Involve Parents

When parents are deeply involved in their kid’s education, they become more punctual towards their studies, adapt good social skills, and perform better academically.

  1. Be Clear & Understandable

An effective teacher makes the best use of the available resources by being clear and understandable. Planning lessons, having enough experience, and staying positive helps to give clear instructions in the class.

  1. Encourage Students’ Feedback

Students’ feedback is as important as the teacher’s feedback because it allows the teacher to understand their point of view on the teaching style, approach, and overall learning experience.

  • Encouraging students to share their feedback helps the teacher mold his teaching strategies and improve wherever required.
  • It also teaches the students to find loopholes, discuss their problems, and learn to be expressive.
  1. Push Their Limits

An effective teacher is well-aware of his students’ strengths and weaknesses. Hence, the teacher must work on trying out something new to widen their horizons and help students confront their fears.

  • If a student has weak oratory skills, make him in charge of the next group discussion.
  • Students who can’t solve math questions easily can be encouraged via games, contests, riddles, etc.  
  • The students who lack social skills should be involved in more and more group activities with classmates who connect well with others.
  • Similarly, the teacher must work on making the lessons easier for a disabled student.

An effective teacher, hence knows what stresses his students and how to find alternatives to help them face the challenges. Rather than forcing the student, the teacher should work on finding innovative strategies to sidestep their comfort zones.

  1. Hold Frequent Assessments

Assessments help accelerate the learning pace of the students by determining what they are excelling at and what part of their curriculum do they need to focus on. Regular assessment of students while maintaining a positive classroom environment motivates them to perform better academically.

  1. Organize & Plan Ahead

Effective teachers keep themselves organized and research their lessons beforehand. The assessments, paperwork, and lesson plans should also stay on-track to help students learn at a regular pace and meet learning goals on time. An organized teacher is a role model for his students to become better organizers and reduce distractions. 

  1. Set Realistic Goals

To help students progress on the right track, teachers need to set realistic goals for them that they can achieve without stressing too much.

  • Setting realistic goals prevent them from procrastinating and performing well within a limited time.
  • It also helps them grow individually and meet deadlines.

Conclusion

Adopting these teaching practices will empower your authority and make you a role model for your students. You can also try pushing your students out of their comfort zones by understanding their strengths and weaknesses and giving responsibilities accordingly.

Being resourceful and staying positive also improves the learning process in a class. These teaching pedagogies can be instilled in your current teaching methodologies as and whenever required.

You can always use a combination of two or more practices at once to reap the benefits of effective teaching.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Effective Teaching

What is effective teaching and learning?

Effective teachers strive to motivate and engage all their students in learning rather than simply accepting that some students cannot be engaged and are destined to do poorly.

What are the basic principles of teaching?

Based on the literature and the experience of the teaching faculty, ten principles of effective teaching were recommended.

  1. Create an active learning environment.
  2. Focus attention
  3. Connect knowledge
  4. Help students organize their knowledge.
  5. Provide timely feedback
  6. Demand quality
  7. Balance high expectations with student support,
  8. Enhance motivation to learn.
  9. Communicate your message in a variety of ways.
  10. Help students to productively manage their time.

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